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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
- 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.
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
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. 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 the link below.
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 make sure you have a healthy and happy baby when you deliver.
During pregnancy, your baby is counting on you for the nutrients he or she needs to grow healthy and strong. You should eat more (roughly 300 to 450 additional calories per day than you would normally eat, such as a peanut butter sandwich), but your choices should be healthy ones.
Annual Checkups 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 means living well, being healthy, making a plan for the future and taking the steps to get there. It involves finding and taking care of any problems that might affect you and your baby later, like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Here’s what you need to know after you give birth for a stronger baby.