A pregnancy can be an exciting time in your life, but it also can be scary, especially if you’re having your first child. Your mind may be filled with questions about how your pregnancy will go and whether your baby will be healthy.
The good news is that there are a lot of simple things you can do to give your baby the best chance at a healthy birth — and that also means having the best chance at a healthy childhood. Many studies have shown that getting the right care during pregnancy can influence how your baby develops, and that having a healthy pregnancy will give your baby a good head start in life.
When you see your doctor regularly, he or she can detect common health issues that affect pregnant women and developing babies. Many times, there may be steps that prevent issues from becoming serious problems, or keep your baby from being born too early.
This page from the CDC talks about some of the most common health conditions women experience during pregnancy and the risks they pose.
Over the past few decades, research has emerged that links stress during pregnancy with a number of outcomes that can affect a baby’s development and health. Those include:
- Low birth weight
- Premature delivery
- Increased risk of miscarriage
Being mindful of stress and having good coping mechanisms in place can help you to have a healthier pregnancy and healthier baby. Talk to your OB/GYN about effective ways to relax and reduce stress during your pregnancy.
Nutrition During Pregnancy
Eating right during your pregnancy is just as important as getting regular checkups from your doctor. Here are just a couple of ways that the nutrients you get during pregnancy can impact you and your baby.
- Folic acid helps prevent birth defects
- Calcium and vitamin D help your baby’s bones and teeth develop
- Extra iron helps you stay healthy while your baby grows
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists has an excellent FAQ about nutrition during pregnancy.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a resource for pregnant moms called “Choose My Plate” that can help you make good nutrition choices.
About the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund
At the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, we’re here to help all sorts of parents navigate the often difficult waters of raising children. For prenatal families, several of our Regional Prevention Councils offer parenting programs aimed to help you better understand your pregnancy and to prepare you to be a parent once your baby is born.
We understand that parenting is hard, but also incredibly rewarding. We’re committed to doing everything we can to strengthen families throughout Ohio because we know that gives children the best chance to thrive.