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Prenatal Care

Prenatal Care

Prenatal care is essential for you and your baby. After you have confirmed your pregnancy make an appointment with your Midwife. Your Midwife will be able to provide you with care and information that will be essential for your pregnancy and preparing for labor and delivery.
We have all heard the saying “now you are eating for two.” That doesn’t mean you are eating for a second adult. This means that you need to add about 300 extra calories to your day. You should up your protein from 45 grams to 70 grams per day. Be sure you are getting the daily recommendation for calcium. Also be sure you are taking your prenatal vitamin with folic acid in it.
Exercising regularly during pregnancy has many benefits. Exercising will help strengthen your body and make it easier to carry the weight you gain from pregnancy. Exercise helps your body improve circulation, lowers the frequency of aches and helps your body during labor. Your exercise should not be strenuous if you have not been working out like that before pregnancy. There are many options to choose for your fitness program: walking, swimming,pregnancy workout videos.
It is time to cut out caffeine and alcohol from your life. Your baby can have harmful affects due to your use of alcohol and consumption of drinks with caffeine in them.
Your body is going through many changes. Some women have bouts with feelings of feeling down. Be in tune with these feelings and if they continue for more than two weeks talk with your Midwife.
Be sure that you are getting quality sleep and resting when you can. Your body needs the rest to help provide your baby with the best environment possible for quality growth.
During your pregnancy gather information on birthing techniques that you want to become more familiar with so you can use them when you go into labor. Take time to read information on the benefits do breastfeeding and decide if you will breastfeed your baby. Talk with your Midwife about any concerns that you may have. She will be able to provide you with information to help ease any thoughts or concerns you have about your pregnancy and your delivery.
Enjoy your pregnancy even when some days it seems as if your day to meet your baby will never get here.