Caring for your baby starts the moment you learn you are pregnant. It really means taking care of yourself, developing healthy habits, and getting good medical help. Following the advice of doctors and caretakers will help you feel better during your pregnancy and get your baby off to a good start.
Eating the right foods while you are pregnant will help you feel better and give your baby the nutrition needed for healthy growth.
If you have morning sickness, try eating some crackers before you get out of bed. You may find that eating smaller meals more often during the day helps with queasiness, and makes you feel more energetic.
Your doctor may suggest a prenatal vitamin that can give your baby important vitamins and minerals that are needed to grow and develop. Remember, whatever goes in your body also goes in your baby’s body.
As soon as you know that you are pregnant, you should begin seeing a medical professional regularly. Doctors or nurse midwives who specialize in the prenatal care know how to treat both you and your baby. Your care professional can talk to you about what to expect during your pregnancy, recommend tests, and check your baby’s growth and development. Your doctor or midwife is the person to go to with questions or concerns, or to call for an emergency.
If paying for medical care is a concern, there is help available for qualified moms-to-be. Here’s information on two programs.
The Nurse-Family Partnership program guides young, first-time expectant mothers from early pregnancy through their child’s second birthday.
A trained nurse partner will work with you to offer help and advice throughout your pregnancy, visit you at home and answer questions about infant care, and give you the support you need to raise a happy, healthy baby and create a stable, secure future for you both.
Pregnant women with Medicaid can receive free care at home from the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP).
A nurse and social worker will work with you to provide support during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. Through MIHP, you’ll learn the skills you need to stay healthy and have a healthy baby. It’s like having a personal care team to coordinate with your doctor, your health plan, and other providers in your community.
Everything in your body changes with your pregnancy, including your teeth. In fact, pregnancy hormones in your body can cause inflamed gums, more cavities and even tooth loss. Here are some things you can do to prevent dental problems: