Four Things You Can Do For A Healthy Pregnancy
Taking a proactive role in the early stages of pregnancy will help keep yourself and your developing infant healthy.
1. Begin Prenatal Care
Prenatal care through a health care provider, such as an OB/GYN, should begin as soon as pregnancy is confirmed. Prenatal care can help prevent complications and inform women about important steps they can take to protect their infant and ensure a healthy pregnancy. With regular prenatal care women can1:
- Reduce the risk of pregnancy complications.
- Reduce the fetus’s and infant’s risk for complications.
- Help ensure the medications women take are safe.
2. Stop Using Alcohol, Tobacco and/or Drugs
- Drinking alcohol, smoking, and taking drugs during pregnancy can increase your child’s risk for problems such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and other problems2.
- There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy or when trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time to drink during pregnancy5.
3. Eat A Healthy Diet
- Eating well is one of the best things you can do during pregnancy. Good nutrition helps you handle the extra demands on your body as your pregnancy progresses. The goal is to balance getting enough nutrients to support the growth of the fetus and maintaining a healthy weight3.
4. Get Regular Dental Checkups
- Don’t overlook your oral health, which can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during pregnancy5.
- Your oral health is an important part of your overall health, and untreated dental disease can be harmful to you and your baby5.
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). What is prenatal care and why is it important? Last Reviewed Date1/31/2017
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). What can I do to promote a healthy pregnancy? Last Reviewed Date1/31/2017
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Nutrition During Pregnancy FAQ’s. Last updated: March 2021
- American Dental Association (ADA). Oral health during pregnancy: What to expect when expecting. May 2011
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Last reviewed: May 21, 2021