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EFNEP for Healthy Pregnancy

EFNEP for Healthy Pregnancy is a program provided by the Ohio State University Extension with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.  Sarah Drakulich, an EFNEP Program Assistant in Montgomery County,  describes the program as a series of classes  for 8 consecutive weeks where pregnant women will prepare or taste healthy foods, do a physical activity, receive class materials, kitchen tools and recipes. The information taught is research based and follows the ChooseMyPlate.gov recommendations. Go to the resource section to find more information as well as phone numbers and contact information for other counties in Ohio.

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Dental Care and Pregnancy

It’s important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease, which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby. Go to the staying healthy while you are pregnant page to learn some tips for good dental health.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression caused by reduced sunlight in winter. Although being pregnant doesn’t necessarily put you at risk for SAD, being a woman does. SAD affects up to four times as many women as men.
Symptoms may include:

  • Physical – tiredness, lethargy, food cravings, over eating, low sex drive, muscle aches and pains and lowered immunity
  • Emotional – social withdrawal, irritability, anxiety, poor memory, difficulty concentrating, hopelessness, depression and tearfulness.

If you are suffering from SAD, the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association recommends the following self-help tips:

  • Keep warm
  • Get up early rather than lying in bed which can increase lethargy
  • Get out in the fresh air
  • Eat sensibly and try to avoid sweets, chocolates and biscuits.

If your symptoms are more severe, treatments such as counseling and antidepressants my help. Speak to your prenatal care provider for signs and symptoms of SAD.

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Seat Belts and Pregnancy

Some women wonder if they should wear a seat belt while they are pregnant. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration states that pregnant women should continue to wear a safety belt while riding in motor vehicles. The shoulder portion of the restraint should be positioned over the collar bone. The lap portion should be placed under the abdomen as low as possible on the hips and across the upper thighs, never above the abdomen. Also, pregnant women should sit as far from the air bag as possible.

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