It’s Time More Babies Become

Stronger

Babies

Improving the well-being of mothers, infants and children is an important community health goal for the Knox County Health Department. Their well-being determines the health of the next generation and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities and the health care system. The Strong Baby project is an effort to promote healthier families and infants.


Full-term Babies

 


Breastfeeding

 


Safe Sleep

 


Immunizations


Prenatal Care

 


Smoking Cessation


Annual Check-ups

 


Healthy Eating

 

EARLY PRENATAL CARE NOW

For a Stronger Baby Later

Prenatal care is the medical care you receive while you are pregnant to make sure you and your baby are both in good health. Prenatal appointments should begin in the first trimester of your pregnancy and continue with regular visits throughout your pregnancy as recommended by your physician. While not all pregnancy complications can be prevented, we know that women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and detecting problems early.

Visit our website to learn things like:

  • What happens at a prenatal visit
  • What to ask your doctor about and more

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SAFE SLEEP NOW

For a Stronger Baby Later

A baby requires sleep. Lots of it.  It’s quite typical for an infant to sleep up to 16-17 hours a day. How babies sleep, however, is just as important as the amount of sleep they get.

Research has shown that parents and caregivers can take action to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death by following the ABCs of Safe Sleep: Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib.

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A FULL-TERM BABY

Is a Stronger Baby

Prematurity is the leading cause of infant death in Knox County. You can reduce the risk for prematurity by living a healthy lifestyle, managing health conditions, and detecting problems early by getting regular checkups and by getting early prenatal care. Know what puts you at risk:

  • Previous preterm birth
  • Low or high maternal age
  • High blood pressure
  • Gaining too much or too little weight while pregnant
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Having babies too close together

Having babies too close together increases your risk for premature births. Waiting at least 18 months between pregnancies can lower your risk of preterm birth by 40 percent.

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EAT HEALTHIER NOW

For a Stronger Baby Later

Have you ever heard of eating for two? Well, sadly, that just isn’t true. Good nutrition in pregnancy is very important to making sure you have a healthy and happy baby when you deliver.

In reality, you should only add about 340-450 calories a day to your diet in the second and third trimesters to support the baby. He or she is only about the size of a small fruit (or smaller) for much of the pregnancy, so they really don’t need much. Focus on those fruits and veggies, lean meat and protein sources, and healthy fats. No matter what those cravings say, baby probably does not need a tub of brownies.

There are some important dos and don’ts about what to eat during pregnancy. We understand that these can be difficult to remember and keep track of, so we’ve made an easy cheat sheet for you to print off and put on your fridge.

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A BREASTFED BABY

Is A Stronger Baby

Breastfeeding is not only healthier for your baby, it’s also better for you. Babies who breastfeed are less likely to have ear infections, asthma, allergies, vomiting, diarrhea and colic; and have a lower risk of SIDS, obesity, diabetes and childhood cancers. For mothers, breastfeeding lowers the risk for breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes and heart disease, promotes bonding, and helps with relaxation, possibly reducing the mother’s risk of postpartum depression.

Check out our infographic on breastfeeding for some of the benefits for baby, mom, and resources.

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QUIT SMOKING NOW

For a Stronger Baby Later

Tobacco use is the most preventable risk factor for disease, disability and premature death in the United States. In fact, smoking or even just being exposed to secondhand smoke while you’re pregnant can cause your baby to be born too early. Our Power to Quit program can help you quit and provide a healthier environment for your baby. If you’re pregnant and interested in information and support to help you quit, click on the link below.

Take a look at this infographic with some fast facts about tobacco and pregancy and more information on our Power to Quit program.

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IMMUNIZED BABIES

Are Stronger Babies

Immunizations are one of the most important things you can do to protect you and your child from illness and hospitalization. Click here to learn more about the recommended vaccinations for you and your baby.

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ANNUAL CHECK-UPS NOW

For a Stronger Baby Later

Preconception health and health care focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. It involves finding and taking care of any problems that might affect you and your baby later, as well as steps you can take to reduce the risk of birth defects and other problems.

Why should you get an annual check-up? Learn about some of the benefits of having an annual check-up.

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