PREGNANCY HEALTH CARE
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CHOOSING A PROVIDER:
After providing you with a diagnosis of a pregnancy and crisis intervention counseling it is the policy of our clinic that you be referred to another physician for prenatal care. We will provide you with a list of physicians who will be able to offer prenatal care to you during the remainder of your pregnancy.
SYMPTOMS YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE:
Bleeding greater than your typical menstrual period
Cramping pain in your pelvis, lower back, or abdomen
A gush of warm liquid from your vagina
The passage of true tissue (not just blood clots)
Severe pain centered on one side of the abdomen or pelvis
Lightheadedness, dizziness, or blackouts
Abnormally low blood pressure
Every day eat nutritious foods to improve you chances of having a healthy baby.
Fresh fruits and vegetables—5 to 9 servings.
Protein (such as chicken, turkey, pork, lean beef, nuts, eggs, beans and tofu) – 2 to 3 servings.
Whole-grain cereals, breads and brown rice—8 servings.
Dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese—3 to 4 servings.
Healthy oils like olive and canola, or those found in foods with omega-3 fatty acids (salmon or herring). But ask your health care professional about eating fish during pregnancy.
Limit processed foods such as white bread or rice, boxed or frozen meals, fast and fried foods, and sugary items like juice, soda and candy.
Be careful not to overeat. You only need about 300 additional calories per day to nourish your baby; that is about a glass of milk & a sandwich.
WebMD, “Top Tips for Pregnancy Nutrition,” webmd.com/baby/features/top-tips-pregnancy-nutrition
Moderate exercise during pregnancy will not cause a miscarriage.
Pregnancy is not the time to start a strenuous program, but aim for 30 minutes of walking, stationary bicycling or swimming every day, or a class designed specifically for pregnant moms.
Talk with your caregiver about specific recommendations if you like to lift weights for exercise.
FamilyDoctor.org “Exercise During Pregnancy: What You Can Do for a Healthy Pregnancy,” familydoctor.org/online/