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Prenatal visits are regular checkups for you and your baby. These regular checkups keep you and your baby healthy! Even if you feel good, it isn’t ok to skip a prenatal visit. At a prenatal visit, your doctor or midwife will be making sure your baby is the right size, listening to their heartbeat, and checking you for:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Sugar and protein in your urine
  • Making sure you are gaining the right amount of weight.

If you do develop problems in your pregnancy, keeping all your prenatal visits will give your doctor a chance to find the problem early and to help your baby be born healthy. Make your first prenatal visit as soon as you find out you are pregnant – women who keep all of their prenatal visits are much more likely to have a healthy baby!

PREMATURE BIRTH

The last few weeks of pregnancy can be uncomfortable, but it is important that babies be born as close to their due date as possible! Babies born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy, can have a lifetime of problems:

  • learning disabilities
  • behavior problems
  • autism
  • ADHD
  • asthma
  • problems with physical development

Keep all of your prenatal visits and know the signs of premature labor – a full term baby is a healthy baby!

PRETERM LABOR

Preterm labor is labor that starts before 37 weeks of pregnancy – this is too early for a baby to be born. Babies born too early may face a lifetime of problems.

Call your doctor or midwife right away if you have any of these signs of preterm labor:

  • A backache
  • Regular contractions
  • Cramping (like during your period)
  • Blood or fluid leaking from your vagina
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Pressure in your pelvic area

Your doctor may be able to stop preterm labor or give your baby medicine that may help them if they are born too early. Know the signs of preterm labor – your baby is counting on you.

SMOKING

Smoking when you are pregnant passes toxic chemicals on to your baby through the umbilical cord. When you smoke, you baby smokes too! Smoking while pregnant can cause problems with your baby:

  • Birth defects
  • Preterm birth – before 37 weeks
  • Low birthweight
  • Stillbirth – when a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy
  • Placental abruption – a serious condition where the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus

When babies are born too early and too small they can have problems learning and behavior problems.

Some pregnant women will try not to smoke as much, but any amount of smoking is too much if you are pregnant. E-cigarettes are not a good choice either, since they still put chemicals in your baby’s system. Talk to your doctor about getting help with quitting.

A HEALTHY WEIGHT

The healthier your weight, the better chance your baby has of being born healthy! Women who are too heavy can have problems getting pregnant and have problems while they are pregnant, including:

  • Miscarriage
  • High blood pressure
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Complications during labor and birth

Babies born to heavy women can also have birth defects and complications from preterm birth (being born before 37 weeks.)

It’s important to keep all of your prenatal visits and to talk to your doctor or midwife about steps you can take to get to a healthy weight!

Breastmilk is the healthiest food for your baby and is always ready to go! Plus, it helps you to lose your pregnancy weight and helps you to bond with your baby. For the first 6 months, breastmilk is all your baby needs. Babies who breastfeed:

  • Have less gas and upset tummies because breastmilk is easier to digest than formula
  • Get sicker less because breastmilk has antibodies that help your baby fight off illness
  • Have less chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Get fatty acids that help their brains develop.

Breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby and is much less expensive than formula. Better for baby, is always ready to go, and saves you money – no wonder babies love breastmilk! 

Bumpers, quilts and stuffed animals are cute, but they don’t make for safe sleep for your baby! For safe sleep:

  • Babies should be put to sleep on their backs
  • Use a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress with a fitted sheet
  • Don’t use loose blankets, put baby in pajamas that keep him warm enough
  • No bumper pads, pillows or stuffed animals in the crib.

If you want your baby to sleep in your room, make sure he is in a bassinet or a crib, not in your bed. Never put baby to sleep on a soft surface like a sofa, a soft mattress, or a waterbed. Your newborn baby will be sleeping about 16 hours a day – make sure it is safe sleep!