When you find out you are pregnant, it is an exciting moment. As your pregnancy progresses you dream about what your baby will look like… will they be like you or their father? Being a first time mother can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. Hi, this is Jody Jo. Becoming a new mom is wonderful and it’s important to take care of yourself and your baby.
It is essential to start your prenatal care as soon as you find out you are pregnant. This will help ensure both you and your baby are healthy and reaching important growth milestones. It is important to exercise and make sure you get enough nutrients while you are pregnant. A mother’s body is working overtime creating a new life. Ask your doctor what you can do to maintain a healthy weight for you and your baby.
After your baby arrives, there is no greater bond than a mother breastfeeding her baby. It is important to drink a lot of water when you start breastfeeding. Breast milk is easy to digest and has antibodies that can protect your baby from bacterial and viral infections.
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HEALTHY MOMS AND BABIES
The best prenatal care starts before you even get pregnant. If you are thinking of pregnancy, talk to your primary care physician early. They will make sure you are in good health and can recommend a healthy lifestyle for optimum fertility – including proper nutrition, exercise, vitamins and supplements and things to avoid while attempting to conceive.
PREGNANT WITH BABY
After confirmed pregnancy, make sure you are receiving good prenatal care – early and often. An OB/GYN can help monitor both mom and baby to ensure proper growth and that important milestones are being met. It also provides you with the unique and special experience of hearing your baby’s heartbeat and even catching a glimpse via ultrasound.
There are many special considerations while pregnant and a doctor can help clarify things like foods to avoid, physical limitations, good nutrition and appropriate levels of exercise, methods to combat fatigue and discomfort and more. Taking care of yourself and baby, while pregnant, can help ensure the best and healthy life from day 1. If you’re a new mom, consider taking childbirth and parenting classes to give you the confidence and skills to be the best parent possible.
AFTER BABY COMES
After baby arrives, one of the best possible things you can do to ensure good health for both you and baby is the breastfeed. Breast milk is packed with important vitamins, minerals and antibodies to keep your baby strong and healthy. There are countless resources and support available to ensure a positive breastfeeding experience, including the hospital’s mother baby department, lactation consultants, location support groups for mothers and more.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Being a mom is one of the most rewarding, but most challenging times and it’s important to have a strong support network. Talk to your doctor about any resources available to help you out.