Pregnancy can be a thrilling and terrifying time for parents-to-be. While it’s exciting to think of baby names and buy accessories, it’s important to think about the baby’s and mom’s health during and after pregnancy too.USA.gov offers these resources to help you plan for a healthy pregnancy:
Health care providers are now recommending preconception care for women who are thinking of getting pregnant. Learning about what risks you can avoid and what vitamins you should be taking can help boost your chances for a healthy pregnancy.
Once you find out you’re pregnant, it’s important to begin your prenatal care. The Centers for Disease Control gives tips on what to do if you get the flu while pregnant, how other pre-existing conditions can affect your pregnancy, and how genetics can play a role in your baby’s growth. And WomensHealth.gov’s pregnancy section features checklists, guides and calculators to help you get ready for every stage of pregnancy and early parenthood.
Although the phrase “eating for two” is often thrown around when someone is pregnant, eating enough andeating the right kind of food is important for both mom and baby. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers a “Safe Eats” guide for eating out and bringing food into the home. Included in “Safe Eats” is a list of foods moms-to-be should avoid such as swordfish or raw sprouts.
If you’re worried about not being able to afford the proper care and nutrition for yourself and your young children, you might qualify for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program, which you can apply to through your state. If you qualify, you can receive health care referrals, nutrition education and vouchers or an electronic benefits card to buy nutritious food for yourself and your children up to the age of five.
Pregnancy can be a stressful time, but keeping your health in mind can help calm some of your nerves so you can enjoy all the wonderful events that come with being pregnant.