Have a Healthy Baby

healthy babyGet early and regular prenatal care. Whether this is your first pregnancy, or third, health care is extremely important. Your doctor will check to make sure you and the baby are healthy at each visit. If there are any problems, early action will help you and the baby.

Eat a healthy diet. The Women Infant and Children Program, (WIC) is housed in the Oneida County Health Department and can supplement income eligible women pregnant women with healthy foods.

Take a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin with 400 to 800 micrograms (400 to 800 mcg or 0.4 to 0.8 mg) of folic acid every day. Folic acid is most important in the early stages of pregnancy, but you should continue taking folic acid throughout pregnancy. Your doctor can prescribe this for you.

Ask your doctor before stopping any medicines or starting any new medicines. Some medicines are not safe during pregnancy. Keep in mind that even over-the-counter medicines and herbal products may cause side effects or other problems. But not using medicines you need could also be harmful.

If you smoke, quit, or cut back. A program called First Breath is available through Oneida County Health Department to assist you with this.

No amount of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy.

Get a flu and Tetanus, diphtheria, and accelular pertussis (Tdap) shot. Pregnant women can get very sick from the flu and may need hospital care. The primary purpose of Tdap vaccination during pregnancy is to protect the baby passively with maternal antibodies in the months after birth before they receive their 1st vaccination series.

Call your dentist and set an appointment for an exam and cleaning. Problems with your teeth and infection in your mouth can cause miscarriage and pre-term delivery.

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