Staying healthy during pregnancy helps give your baby a healthy start in life.
Prenatal doctor visits
The number of scheduled appointments you'll have depends on your medical
history. Factors such as high blood pressure may warrant more frequent
checkups. The goal of prenatal visits is to see how your pregnancy is
developing and to provide you with information to help keep you and your
baby healthy. It's important that you go to all of your prenatal appointments,
even if you're feeling fine.
Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major
health problems. Smoking during pregnancy causes additional health problems,
including premature birth, certain birth defects, and
Smoking during pregnancy is the single most preventable cause of illness and death among mothers
and infants. Learn more about the dangers of smoking and find help to quit.
Vaccination is especially important in pregnant women because antibodies
can be passed to the fetus, providing the newborn with critical protection
during the first months of life. Talk to your doctor about recommended
vaccines as part of a healthy pregnancy.
Taking certain medications during pregnancy might cause serious birth defects
for your baby. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any medications
you are taking. These include prescription and over-the-counter medications
and dietary or herbal supplements.