You and Your Baby's Health
The way you treat your own body both before and during pregnancy will have a great deal to do with the health of your baby. Start now by planning a healthy course of action. Visit your doctor for a complete physical and your dentist for a check-up before you become pregnant. Start now for a healthy baby!
Nutrition is the most important health consideration for a healthy pregnancy. We all need the proper nutrients to maintain good health, and your baby is no different. Your developing infant will be dependent upon you for its nutrition. So it’s important that you provide what your baby needs. Even before your pregnancy, making smart eating decisions can affect your baby’s health.
A good, balanced diet should be first and foremost in your preparations for a healthy pregnancy. See that your diet includes items from all four of the standard food groups. If you are unsure what you need to maintain a healthy diet, contact your physician for nutrition information.
Special diets can be safe before and during pregnancy as long as you consult your physician before undertaking any special diet. Crash dieting, diet pills or unusual combinations of foods are not safe for you or your baby.
Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate and many other foods we eat. There is no known safe amount of caffeine for a growing baby. Caffeine can also make it more difficult to become pregnant. Cut back on caffeine or stop consuming it altogether before you begin trying to become pregnant.
Alcoholic beverages can harm a baby anytime during a pregnancy. If you are trying to become pregnant, you should not consume alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can cause damage before you even know you are pregnant. It may keep your baby’s body and brain from forming or functioning properly. Permanent physical and mental defects can occur. You should stop drinking as soon as you stop using birth control.
Smoking during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, bleeding problems, low birth weight, prematurity, and could result in your baby being stillborn. When you smoke, your unborn baby is smoking too. Cigarette smoke contains the poisons carbon monoxide and nicotine. Nicotine narrows blood vessels and decreases the food and oxygen supply to your baby. Carbon monoxide pushes oxygen out of your blood, depriving your baby of the oxygen it needs to grow and thrive. You should stop smoking completely during pregnancy.
Medications should be taken with care both before and during pregnancy. Any medication you take goes to your baby. All medications should be monitored by your physician when you are planning a pregnancy. Birth control pills should be stopped for three months before trying to get pregnant. All medications should be taken only after permission by a physician. This includes over-the-counter pain relievers and other non-prescription drugs.
Please speak with your financial advisor at Frye for additional information if you desire your male newborn to have a circumcision prior to discharge. You will need to make prior financial arrangements with your infant’s physician and the hospital.
Frye Regional Birthing Center
420 N. Center St. - 5th Ave NE entrance
Hickory, NC 28601
Hours of Operation: 24 Hours
When you come to the hospital on weekdays between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., come to the same day surgery entrance and utilize our free valet parking service. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, you may be dropped off at the Same Day Surgery entrance and have a family member park your vehicle. If you have an emergency, please go directly to our emergency department (ED) and we will escort you to the labor and delivery unit if needed.
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