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Any good advice on making sure my baby comes out healthy?

Vitamins to take, things to eat or not to eat, etc

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aimeedeuell

Asked by aimeedeuell at 9:36 PM on Dec. 2, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Take a vitamin designed for pregnancy. Ask your doctor which one would be best for your body.
    Avoid any caffeine even though they say you could techincally have one or two drinks a day it is unessecary and unhealthy, likewise for alcohol. If you smoke stop. If you are physically able excercise thirty minutes a day three to four times a week. Walking or swimming are your best choices. Avoid stress and getting upset. Make sure you spend time relaxing, watching movies, listening to music, reading. Don't worry too much about what could happen. If you read the books on pregnancy and health you will be educated enough to handle any situation. Take advantage of the free tour of the hospital you will be giving birth in. It is good to be prepared and it helps ease fears. If you home birth ask your midwife to show you what will happen. Eat well and avoid junk food. Google pregnancy diet plans. They can tell you what to eat.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • I would recommend hiring a Normal Birth Specialist as your primary attendant (a midwife). They excel at helping moms to become educated, empowered, informed, and confident.
    Reading good pregnancy books will give you plenty of ideas to strategize through the weeks.
    Birth classes and videos are helpful, too. Consider a birth doula for a private, one-on-one "birth class" while birthing, too. ;-)

    Be wise, be confident, be strong, be happy!!
    :-D
    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 9:46 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Not sure what all everyone has said but eat healthy foods, no smoking and stay away from people who are smoking, no alcohol, do drugs, check on ALL meds before taking them, take your prenatal vitamins, try to avoid stress, exercise (Lots of walking, prenatal yoga and swim classes are great if you're in experienced), limit caffeine, think about hiring a dula, listen to classical music, they say not to eat sushi and some other things ask you dr about foods to avoid.
    Blueliner

    Answer by Blueliner at 9:54 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Oh yeah, you might want to think about opting out of ultra sounds there is some controversy about them and how safe they are.
    Blueliner

    Answer by Blueliner at 9:55 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • eh...I wouldn't go to cafemom for current and reliable advice. you're going to get a lot of opinion and not always fact. you really want to talk to your doctor. They'll be able to tell you exactly what you need to take, what you should/shouldn't eat, what activities are ok for your personal situation and so on. Every woman's body is different, and while several things are the same, a doctor can address your personal history and give you the proper advice you need. You can also call a nurse at your ob's office and get the same info. The bonding stuff like listening to music and reading to the baby is really personal choice and you should do whatever you personally want, not what someone tells you that you should be doing.
    mrs_pulley

    Answer by mrs_pulley at 11:00 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • No real sushi - fake cooked stuff is okay, but avoid big fish like shark that are more likely to have more mercury.

    No cheese or dairy that isn't pasteurized - check the labels especially on soft or foreign cheeses.

    Talk with your doctor or pharmacists about medications you're taking (ideal is level A or B) safefetus.com is a good quick reference for common meds.

    ....and overall get ready for someone to think your a horrible mom no matter what choices you make, (no matter how you decide to do birth someone's going to think you're absolutely nuts) you can't please everyone...so learn to shrug some comments off.

    mogencreative

    Answer by mogencreative at 11:02 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

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