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Staying healthy while you are pregnant



Prenatal care helps keep you and your baby healthy

Prenatal care is medical care you get when you’re pregnant. You can get prenatal care from certain health providers, like an obstetrician, a family practice doctor, a certified nurse-midwife, a family nurse practitioner or a women’s health nurse practitioner.

At each prenatal checkup, your provider checks on you and your growing baby. Your provider checks your weight, blood and urine. You can find out your due date and check if there are any vaccinations you need. You also get to experience the exciting moment of seeing your baby for the first time with an ultrasound. Many providers offer ultrasound to all pregnant women.

Your provider gives you prenatal tests to make sure your baby is growing healthy. Some of these tests include amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (also called CVS) and cystic fibrosis (CF) carrier screening.

Use your prenatal checkups as a time to ask your provider all your questions about pregnancy and your baby. Click on the link below to watch a video produced by the March of Dimes which describes what happens at a prenatal check up and talks about the importance of prenatal care.


Good nutrition is important during pregnancy.  Watch this video for great advice on eating healthy while you’re pregnant.

Every Week Matters – Progesterone Stories

Ten Tips for Healthy Eating

This link offers information regarding ten tips for eating a healthy diet before you’re pregnant, during pregnancy and after.,0,635


Gestational Diabetes

The following video provides important information about gestational diabetes.


The use of folic acid can prevent serious birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. The CDC has a very informative web site related to the use of folic acid during pregnancy. Go to to find more information about this important subject.


This video clip gives you great advice for exercising during pregnancy: Pregnancy


Many pregnant women fail to obtain dental care during their pregnancies because of outdated ideas about dental care and pregnancy, even though pregnant women are at risk for gingivitis. Gingivitis, or gum disease, affects 60 – 75 percent of pregnant women and left untreated, can become periodontal disease. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. A mother with active tooth decay can spread cavity causing bacteria to her child through saliva, perpetuating poor oral health. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, teeth cleanings and dental X-rays are safe for pregnant women. Ob-Gyns are advised to perform routine oral health assessments at the first prenatal visit and encourage patients to see a dentist during pregnancy.

Besides seeing your dentist for preventive care, you can do some things on your own to maintain good oral health:

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque.
  • Be sure to clean between your teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner.
  • Remember that frequent snacking may increase your risk of developing tooth decay. If you snack, be sure to brush your teeth after eating.


Stress can ruin your holidays. Click on the following link for tips to reduce holiday stress.

Depression during and after your pregnancy
The following link will take you to a March of Dimes fact sheet discussing depression during and after your pregnancy.


Ohio Quit Line: A Free Program To Help You Quit Smoking While Your Are Pregnant


Quit Smoking
Frequently asked questions

Bad news/good news

Smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs can cause life long problems for your infant.
Ask your healthcare provider to help you quit. Click on the following link to read more about the harmful effects of smoking, drinking alcohol or drug use during pregnancy:

Stress and Smoking

Although you probably didn’t start smoking to relieve stress, chances are good that you now continue to smoke, in part, to manage your stress levels.

It’s true that smoking can provide you with a temporary feeling of stress relief. Nicotine reaches the brain in just 7 seconds, twice as fast as heroin injected into the vein. The resulting chemical reactions create a temporary change in brain chemistry and are often experienced by smokers as pleasure, lowered anxiety and alertness. Every puff you take reinforces this drug addiction. When the drug’s effect begins to “wear off” you experience withdrawal, with accompanying anxiety and stress. You reach for another cigarette and take a puff. The stress melts away, almost magically, instantly, again reinforcing your addiction.

So, while smoking does truly help reduce stress, the stress may be coming partially from withdrawal feelings that non-smokers never experience. In other words, the stress comes from smoking itself. The “stress relief” wouldn’t be necessary if you weren’t smoking. It’s a vicious circle.

You should also note the many stresses that smoking places on your body. The moment you begin smoking, your respiratory rate increases, causing your lungs to work harder than necessary. Your heart beat increases, often dramatically, as soon as you smoke. Try taking your pulse before you smoke a cigarette, then immediately after your first few puffs. You may be shocked at the increase. Heart attack, anyone?

Smoking constricts blood vessels in the largest organ in your body, your skin. The result is a reduced level of oxygen delivered to your other organs, and increased chance of wrinkled skin.

The list of stresses goes on and on, but you already know, consciously, that smoking is harmful. So, how can you reduce stress in your life and your body, without smoking to “relieve” your stress?

The first thing to realize is that non-smokers deal with stress every day, without blinking. They don’t reach for a cigarette, nor do they have any cravings for one. Are you jealous? You can reach that point in your life very soon!

Make sure you understand your stress. Know what causes it (phone calls, slow traffic, a demanding boss, etc.) and learn ways to avoid the causes or at least deal with them in a way that reduces the stress normally associated with the cause. Know how you react when you are stressed. Some people don’t realize they are stressed until they have reached the boiling point. Common indicators of stress include feeling sick to your stomach, headaches, excessive sweat, irritability, overeating and, of course, smoking. Watch for the signs that you are stressed so you can act to reduce the stress once you recognize it.

Part of the stress relief techniques you currently employ is your regular smoking breaks. The simple act of getting away from your work is a great stress reliever. You can still take your smoking break, just do it without smoking and don’t take your break with other smokers! Go for a short walk, walk up and down a flight of stairs, clean out your car, clean out your desk, etc. etc. There are a million diversions that can take you out of your stressful situation long enough for you to get your wits back. Make a list of smoking-break alternatives that you can do when you need a diversion.

Reducing stress in your life can be a fun, rewarding and relaxing activity. Some simple ways to reduce stress include:

  • Exercise. The benefits of exercise are nearly too numerous to list. You’ll lower your stress, improve your health, self-esteem, mental acuity and physical appearance, and improve your chances for quitting smoking when you exercise. Consult with your doctor to create an exercise plan AND a smoking cessation plan.
  • Plan “me time” one hour each day and at least one entire evening per week. If you don’t already use a calendar of some type to plan your days, pickup a simple planner and begin marking down one hour blocks each day for yourself where you will do whatever you want to do, as long as it isn’t work related and doesn’t stress you out. For example, don’t plan to do your taxes during your “me time” unless you just love that kind of work. (It’s possible that getting your taxes finished might relieve huge amounts of stress, so don’t totally rule this out!). Then one day each week, take an entire evening to relax and get totally away from work and stressful activities and responsibilities.
  • Breathe deeply. Our bodies crave oxygen. They must have it to sustain life. Sit quietly for five to ten minutes in a comfortable chair. Breathe deeply and slowly, in through your nose. Count slowly to 10 as you breathe in. Then hold your breath to the count of 20. Notice how good that oxygen feels to your lungs and body. Notice the feeling of warmth that permeates your body as you hold it. Now slowly release your breath through your mouth. Keep breathing out, to the count of 20. Repeat this for five to ten minutes. Try it with your eyes closed. You may find this so relaxing that your mind begins to wander. You may even fall asleep. This is highly relaxing and a great stress buster.
  • Spend time with people you enjoy. Make time for your friends and family. Do relaxing activities with them, but be sure to avoid other smokers whenever possible.
  • Develop your own list of stress-relieving activities, suited to your taste and previous stress-relieving experiences. You know what helps you relax. Write it down and refer to it when you feel stressed.

Stress affects every person, every day. How you deal with stress determines your effectiveness at work and at home, your physical and mental health, plus so much more. Take control of stress in your life and you’ll find that quitting smoking may be a whole lot easier!


Information about the risks of drinking while pregnant:



This information provided by the March of Dimes is very useful for those women who work throughout their pregnancies.


Click on this link for information from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology regarding asthma and allergy treatment during pregnancy:,-allergies-and-pregnancy.aspx



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