Caring for Yourself Is Caring for Your Baby

Grace Franco, RN, SNP

Eating a well-balanced diet, staying physically active, taking prenatal vitamins and avoiding harmful substances such as second-hand smoke, provide your baby with a healthy environment to grow in.  Along with creating a healthy environment, staying knowledgeable is important as well.  It is a good idea to write down questions that you would like your provider to answer prior to your prenatal visit.  It can be very easy to forget what you would like to ask at the prenatal appointment.

No one wants an urgent or emergent situation to occur, but it is important to know who to call and what to do.  Talk with your primary obstetrical provider about the process that should be followed, which should include contact information and locations that will provide care for these particular situations.  You will want to know what to do in a non-urgent situation, such as contact information for a nurse line.  It is always best to be prepared.

While it is very important to follow the recommendations on how to keep your baby safe (which can sometimes feel overwhelming), remember to enjoy your pregnancy.  Each milestone, each ultrasound, every visit when the heartbeat is heard, are those most touching moments.  The moments that are touching for you are the moments to hold on to and enjoy.