Heealth advice for mother and baby

Health advice for mother and baby

Eating folic acid tablets

Also known as vitamin B9, take these pills in the first two months of pregnancy - it is best if you start taking 0.4 or 0.5mg tablets daily before you become pregnant.  But if you find out that you are pregnant, start eating these as soon as possible.

Folic acid is essential for the growth of cells.  Scientists have proven that taking extra folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects such as spina bifida, in which the baby's spine does not close properly.  You can buy these pills from any drug store or chemist.

Of course, you can also get folic acid naturally from the diet.  If you can't find folic acid tablets, make sure you eat plenty of green vegetables (don't cut them too much or the folic acid may be destroyed), beans, pulses and grains.  Pills are the best option, because they contain a lot of vitamins - it is very difficult to get enough from your diet.

Stop smoking

You were told before!  Cigarette smoke contains toxic chemicals and can easily reach the fetus.  So if you smoke, the fetus also smokes.  It stops its proper development.  The babies of smoking mothers are relatively small.  What's more, some studies have shown that they are more likely to have clubfoot.  Later in childhood their lungs do not function properly.  And they have the potential to die at birth.

Exhaling someone else's smoke (passive smoking) - This advice applies to your partner when you are pregnant.  When there is smoke all around you need to breathe in the smoke as well as your breath and your fetus also smokes.

Babies living in a smoky environment are more likely to die without a cause while sleeping - this is called bed death.  That's why it's important to smoke after the baby is born - or at least the baby's room

And in fact when you quit smoking it is also good for your health!  You know it’s bad for you, and now that you’re pregnant, there’s a bigger reason to break your habit.

Help quit smoking

Depending on your circumstances, the first days of pregnancy can be quite stressful.  In such a situation it becomes even more difficult to quit smoking.  But there are many places where you can get tips and help. 

Read Ellen Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking - Millions of people quit smoking after reading it.  You can download it from here.

Many websites offer tips on quitting smoking or quitting smoking.

Do not drink alcohol

Alcohol, like toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke, easily reaches the fetus.  So if you drink alcohol, the fetus also drinks alcohol.  Alcohol hinders the proper development of the baby's brain - and drinking too much can cause birth defects in the baby.

What harm can even a single drink do?  Researchers have not been able to predict whether even small amounts of alcohol can harm the fetus.  But unless a woman drinks a little more alcohol - for example, two pegs - then their babies are smaller than usual.  So just one drink will definitely not be of any use to the fetus.  So the safest advice is not to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Do not use drugs and drugs 

Cocaine in particular is deadly - it interferes with fetal blood circulation and can actually cause a lot of damage.  Hashish or marijuana has a slightly less dramatic effect.  However, like those who smoke tobacco, those who smoke hemp during pregnancy have smaller babies than usual.

The effects of amphetamines or motion or crystal myths are similar and women who are addicted to heroin can give birth to drug addicted children.  These are small, crying a lot and shivering in bed.  In short, they all have the same effects of smoking and drinking.  If you use drugs, your child will use them too.  And it always has a bad effect.

Be careful while taking medicine

Especially in the first three months.  Some drugs can cause serious harm to your fetus.  If you can buy medicine from a drugstore or chemist without a prescription, it does not mean that it is safe for you during pregnancy.

Carefully read the directions provided with the medication to make sure they are right for you.  You can ask the staff at the drugstore or pharmacist to explain it.

If you are taking regular medication for a disease, it is best to consult your doctor before you become pregnant.  If you suddenly become pregnant, see your doctor as soon as possible.  There is no harm in taking paracetamol (or acetaminophen) - although taking it on your doctor's advice is probably best for reducing fever.  Normal doses of aspirin or ibuprofen may increase the risk of miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy.  It is best to stop taking the drug during pregnancy - only if your doctor says it is really necessary.

Wash and use vegetables

And make sure the meat is cooked properly.  Some types of food poisoning can infect the fetus.

Toxoplasmosis is caused by a type of parasite.  It can reach you with raw meat or washed vegetables and is said to be in cat feces!  While it doesn’t make you very sick, it can damage your fetal brain or eyes.

Also, do not use unpasteurized milk or cheese made from it.  It can give you Listeria infection, which can lead to miscarriage or premature labor.  Boiling or pasteurizing milk kills the Listeria bacteria.