Pregnancy Information

D

Drink extra fluids (water is best) throughout pregnancy to help your body keep up with the increases in your blood volume. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water, fruit juice, or milk each day. A good way to know you're drinking enough fluid is when your urine looks like almost-clear water or is very light yellow.
 

E

Eat healthy to get the nutrients you and your unborn baby need. Your meals should include the five basic food groups. Each day you should get the following: 6 to 11 servings of grain products, 3 to 5 servings of vegetables, 2 to 4 servings of fruits, 4 to 6 servings of milk and milk products, and 3 to 4 servings of meat and protein foods. Foods low in fat and high in fiber are important to a healthy diet.
 
(Click Pregnancy Diet and Pregnancy Nutrition for guidelines to healthy eating when pregnant.)
 

F

Take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily, both before pregnancy and during the first few months of pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine. All women who could possibly become pregnant should take folic acid every day. It is also important to eat a healthy diet with fortified foods (such as enriched grain products, including cereals, rice, breads, and pastas) and foods with natural sources of folate (such as orange juice, green leafy vegetables, beans, peanuts, broccoli, asparagus, peas, and lentils).
 
(Click Pregnancy Diet for more information.)
 

G

Genetic testing should be done appropriately. It's important to know your family history. If there have been problems with pregnancies or birth defects in your family, report these to your doctor. Genetic counselors can talk with you about the information you might need in making decisions about having a family. You can call a major medical center in your area for help in finding a board-certified genetic counselor.
 
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