Prenatal Care: Important for Both of You

If you have just discovered that you are pregnant or are thinking that you would like to become pregnant one day, you have a lot to consider. One of the things which you definitely should not ignore during pregnancy is your health. Prenatal care is everything you do to take care of your health and your unborn child’s health while you are pregnant. This should start with a doctor’s visit once you know you are pregnant or think you might be.

Your healthcare provider will schedule regular appointments, and you can expect these appointments to become more frequent as your pregnancy progresses. Keeping these regular appointments with your doctor will help you:

-Have a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy

-Find out about strategies to maintain/improve your health such as supplements and exercise

-Spot potential issues early and decide on what to do

-Prepare to give your baby a healthy start to life.

Be sure to see your healthcare provider as soon as you think you might be pregnant to get a good start on the path to a healthy pregnancy and child.

Like Texting?

A new texting service for mothers-to-be called Text4Baby was recently launched. Text4baby is an educational service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

Text4baby will send three text messages each week to your cell phone with expert health tips to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. Sign-up and the messages are all free.

To sign up, text BABY to 511411. To sign up for Text4baby in Spanish, text BEBE to 511411. You can also sign up and find out more at text4baby.org.

If you want more information on prenatal resources, the library has a number of items which you will find useful.
 

Books

Eat This, Not That!: When You're Expecting by Jennifer Ashton
Features trimester-by-trimester meal plans, detailed restaurant-by-restaurant guides, and aisle-by-aisle supermarket swaps--not to mention easy, delicious recipes that satisfy every craving.

Natural Baby and Childcare by Lauren Feder
This book shows you how to complement conventional therapy with natural treatments such as homeopathic and herbal medicine; how to bathe your child without using damaging chemicals; and how to find healthy, organic food for your baby.

What to Eat When You're Pregnant: A Week-by-week Guide to Support your Health and your Baby's Development During Pregnancy by Nicole M. Avena
A trimester-by-trimester guide to what to eat—as opposed to what to avoid—while pregnant and nursing, to support the mother's health and the baby's development during each stage of pregnancy, with 50 recipes. 

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel; foreword by Charles J. Lockwood.
Two generations of moms-to-be have relied on "What to Expect" turning to its frank, friendly voice for clear answers to their questions about prenatal health.

Your Fit Pregnancy: Nutrition & Exercise Handbook by Erica Willick
These principles and programs are made to help you navigate through your pregnancy journey healthier.
 

Electronic Books
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Dos and Don'ts of Pregnancy: From Conception to Birth by Louise Baty
This concise and accessible book is packed with practical advice and offers straight forward answers to the questions that you are unsure about from conception to birth, including guidance on diet and exercise, safety in the workplace, common complaints, potential problems, physical changes and labor.

Exercising Through Your Pregnancy by James F. Clapp, III
Enables expecting mothers and health professionals to develop rational and individualized approaches to exercise and pregnancy care.

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating During Pregnancy by W. Allan Walker with Courtney Humphries
Tips on what to eat (whole grains, protein, vegetables), what to avoid (caffeine, alcohol, nicotine), supplements to take (folate, iron), and safe exercises before, during, and after pregnancy are presented. The author extensively addresses the question of a mother's weight both in terms of appropriate weight gain and the proper rate at which to lose weight after childbirth.

Meditations for Pregnancy: 36 Weekly Practices for Bonding With your Unborn Baby by Michelle LeClaire O'Neill
For each week, beginning with the fifth, the book provides a thoughtful meditation that speaks to the specific needs and joys of that phase of pregnancy. Inspirational quotations and a short affirmation accompany each meditation, along with a brief description of the development of the growing fetus that week.

What to Expect: Eating Well When You're Expecting by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff
Presents a diet plan comprised of wholesome unprocessed foods, with information on nutrition, food safety, and weight gain, and advice on navigating the nine months of pregnancy and the postpartum period.
 

DVDs

The Business of Being Born
Inspired by their own unique birth experiences, producer Ricki Lake and director Abby Epstein team up to provide a nation of mothers-to-be with insight into the process of childbirth and the various options available when preparing for this special event.

Cardio & Core Workout Pregnancy Fitness
Cardio exercise for energy and general health, and core abdominal exercises for strength to help delivery and recovery!

The Complete Fit & Healthy Pregnancy Workout
Includes exercises that are safe for women during pregnancy as well as a warm up and cool down. In addition, exercises for women post-pregnancy are offered.

Pilates for Pregnancy
Improves balance and coordination as the body changes. Focuses on abdominal and pelvic muscle strengthening. Maintains muscle strength, tone, and flexibility. Reduces incidence of low back pain.

Prenatal Fitness Fix: An Energizing Cardio and Toning Workout for Moms-to-Be
Presents two exercise routines for mothers-to-be: solo and with a partner.
 

Web Resources

Prenatal Care
http://womenshealth.gov/faq/prenatal-care.cfm
FAQs for prenatal care from Womenshealth.gov.

Prenatal Care
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prenatalcare.h tml
Medlineplus.gov offers resources that cover from preconception health through prenatal care.