A Word to Moms...

Congratulations! Having a baby is one of the most exciting yet difficult journeys you will ever take. This book will help guide you through the ups and downs of pregnancy and new motherhood. It gives you tips on taking care of yourself and your baby. Begin by seeing your doctor regularly during pregnancy. This is called prenatal care. 

The things you do or don’t do will make a big difference in your baby’s health. This book explains what you should do during each stage of pregnancy and what to expect once your little one arrives. While no one can be sure you will have a perfect baby, here are some things you can do:

  • See your doctor early in your pregnancy and keep regular checkups. 
  • Ask your doctor before taking any medication. 
  • Drink plenty of water each day.
  • Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk products and lean meats, fish or other proteins.
  • Take your prenatal vitamins every day.
  • Cut back on coffee, switch to decaf or try herbal or decaffeinated tea.
  • Do not drink alcohol, smoke or take illegal drugs.
  • Wash your hands often to avoid infections. 
  • Don’t stress out! Find ways to relax.
  • Take care of your teeth.
  • As soon as possible, find someone you trust who can help you take care of yourself and, later, your baby. You will need support throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

Your baby depends on you. Make good choices for both of you.

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