We feel that it is important to note in this letter, the importance of good health habits during pregnancy. The health habits of a pregnant woman affect the growth and development of the unborn child.
A healthy diet includes well-balanced meals with emphasis on the four basic food groups. Protein intake is essential in pregnancy to the neurological development of the growing fetus. Supplementary prenatal vitamin/mineral tablets have been prescribed for you to ensure optimum daily intake of the elements which are necessary for proper cardiac development, skeletal growth and fetal development. Additional iron tablets may also be prescribed if your laboratory results show anemia.
Seafood can be a great source of protein and iron, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients. However, some fish and shellfish contain high levels of mercury which may be harmful to your developing baby’s nervous system. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages you to avoid the following types of fish during your pregnancy: Swordfish, Shark, King mackerel, Tilefish
The FDA also indicates that you should be able to safely eat up to 12 ounces a week of the following: Shrimp, Canned light tuna (limit albacore and tuna steak to nor more than 6 ounces), Salmon, Pollock, Catfish and Cod Review additional resources regarding the nutrition and safety of consuming seafood during your pregnancy.
Pregnant women need plenty of fluids including ten glasses of water daily to help hydration and prevent urinary problems.
Do not take ANY over-the-counter medicines without first advising our office. Do not take aspirin. Regular strength Tylenol may be taken instead of aspirin. Do not smoke during pregnancy. Pregnant women should avoid enclosed areas where others are smoking. Even secondary smoke has been shown to be harmful to you and the unborn child. Cocaine, crack, marijuana and alcohol intake may cause serious problems to the unborn child and may also cause complications following delivery. For the sake of your unborn child who is so dependent upon you, do not smoke, consume alcohol or experiment with drugs or hallucinogenic agents.
Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the best obstetrical care possible so that you and your bay may be as healthy as possible. We hope that the experience of this pregnancy and delivery will be a happy and enjoyable time, and that the addition of the new little baby to your family unit will be a blessing.