Healthy Pregnancy: Where to Start

You are pregnant. Now what?! Don’t be alarmed if your head is spinning with questions, concerns, joys, and excitements. Pregnancy can bring a whirlwind of uncertainties, emotions and to-do’s. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the journey to motherhood6:
 

  • See a Doctor: The single most important thing to do right away is schedule an appointment with a medical professional who cares for pregnant women – an obstetrician, family doctor or certified nurse-midwife.
     
  • Prenatal Vitamins: Begin taking prenatal vitamins and minerals. Many women do not get enough calcium, folic acid and iron in their diets, so supplements are very important for you and your baby.
     
  • Stop Harmful Substances: Stop using anything that can hurt your baby, such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or other drugs. If you need help discontinuing these habits, let your prenatal caregiver know as she/he will have tools to make it easier.
     
  • Community: You are not alone nor were you meant to be alone on the journey of motherhood. Pregnancy Choices has a community of women and mothers awaiting you through our Thriving Heart Program. Thriving Heart provides interactive weekly classes, and quarterly workshops. To learn more, contact Jennifer.

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