OVER 50% OF PREGNANCIES ARE UNPLANNED

The first 17-54 days are extremely important to a baby’s development and most women don’t find out they’re pregnant until 4-8 weeks AFTER they become pregnant. So its important to be healthy, just in case. For more information, click here.

A LOT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST WEEKS OF PREGNANCY

By the time a woman finds out she’s pregnant, the baby may have already developed arms, legs and organs. For more information, click here.

NO AMOUNT IS SAFE

Drinking during pregnancy can cause physical and mental birth defects that are not reversible so no amount of alcohol is safe.

Smoking during pregnancy nearly doubles the chances of having a baby born too small and too soon, and it increases the risk of SIDS in infants. So since quitting smoking is hard, and it can take many tries to quit, its important to stop now.

Stay away from cocaine and other illicit drugs. These drugs pose many risks, including premature delivery, low birthweight, birth defects, learning or behavioral problems, and withdrawal symptoms. Be sure that any prescription drugs are taken under the care of a doctor.

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BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY

It’s best to be at a healthy weight when you become pregnant. Being overweight or underweight puts you at increased risk for problems during pregnancy. Healthy food choices and physical fitness, together, help reduce stress, and can help you reach or maintain a healthy weight. For more information, click here.

FOLIC ACID IS A VITAMIN THAT CAN HELP PREVENT BIRTH DEFECTS

Did  you know that up to 70% of neural tube birth defects (NTD)  can be prevented if a women consumes 400 mg of folic acid before and during early pregnancy? A recent study also suggests that women who take folic acid for a least 1 year before becoming pregnant may reduce their chance of having a premature baby.

The best way to get the right amount folic acid is by taking a daily multivitamin that contains 400 mg of folic acid. Some foods rich in folic acid are leafy green vegetables, dried beans, peanuts, oranges, orange juice, grains (wheat, rice, enriched bread/pasta), or fortified breakfast cereals (look on the label to see if the cereal has been fortified with folic acid).
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MOST PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHLAMYDIA DON’T EVEN KNOW THEY HAVE IT

When infected with an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection), most men and women show no signs of infection. If left untreated, it may be difficult to get pregnant or if you have an infection when pregnant, the baby can be born too soon and too small.

So its important to get tested regularly. Using a condom is the best way to protect you from sexually transmitted infection. For more information, click here.

CHILL OUT

Many studies point to a link between a woman’s stress and babies that are born too soon, sick and small. Stress can be a part of daily living and it is hard to “fix” some stressful situations. Stress management includes caring for yourself, feeling rested and regularly finding healthy outlets to relieve stress and anxiety.

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