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I'm Pregnant ... now what?

i'm pregnant now what

There some things not to do when pregnant as they may affect you and your baby and there some things good to you and your baby 

1. Take a prenatal vitamin:

Getting proper nutrition is important for a healthy pregnancy, and your body requires an additional dose of certain vitamins at this time. For instance, pregnant women need to bump up their folic acid intake from 400 to 600 micrograms (mcg) a day to protect against birth defects. "Because these nutrients are so important, I recommend that women start taking prenatal vitamins as soon as they start trying to conceive," explains Afriyie-Gray. Any variety labeled "prenatal" should cover your bases, but make sure to check out the dose; some brands require two pills a day.

2. Abstain from alcohol:

2. Abstain from alcohol:
Drinking too much can cause permanent harm to your baby. It can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome, a condition that hinders mental and physical development. "What you need to worry about is the cumulative amount of alcohol you drink during pregnancy," says Afriyie-Gray. So the glass or two of wine you sipped before you realized that you were pregnant isn't dangerous, she says, as long as you lay off the Shiraz from now on.

3. Decide on your healthcare provider:

 Decide on your healthcare provider
These days, there are more options for your obstetrical provider: You can choose from ob-gyns, midwives, family practitioners, doulas and more. Along with your partner, decide what provider best suits your needs. Those with a medical condition, like diabetes or high blood pressure, may want to choose an ob-gyn, while those with a history of genetic problems may choose the guidance of a maternal fetal specialist.

4. Kick the butts:


 Kick the butts

Puffing on a cigarette exposes your baby to harmful chemicals, such as tar and nicotine, while reducing blood flow. As a result, smoking increases your chances of having complications, such an ectopic pregnancy, and birth defects. Speak to your healthcare provider about the best way to stop smoking.

5. Reevaluate your lifestyle:


Reevaluate your lifestyle


Pregnant women should avoid strenuous work and excessive amounts of stress. So if lifting heavy objects is part of your job, or if your high-pressure workload causes anxiety, speak with someone in your company's human resources department.