1: The a b c's of prenatal care | A | C | D | B | ------- | ------- | -------
2: Aa | Add 300 calories of healthy food to your diet
3: our baby girl has arrived! | Eating for two does not mean double your food intake. This will cause obesity which makes labor more painful. 25-35 pounds is a healthy amount of weight to gain during pregnancy.
4: Bb | Be aware of morning sickness
5: "a new baby is like the beginning of all things, hope, a dream of possibilities." | Morning sickness can occur at any time during the day, not only in the morning. Eating frequently throughout the day can reduce morning sickness. Soda crackers also work!
6: Cc | Calcium | calcium helps to create healthy bones for your baby, if you are deficient in calcium your body will start to take the calcium from your bones which may later result in osteoporosis.
7: Dd | Drugs | No matter what the drug is there is always the possibility that it could be harmful to your baby. Make sure to seek medical attention before using.
8: Ee | Exercise | It is important to exercise during pregnancy. Be aware of the amount and intensity though, it's is important to maintain the level that you were doing before pregnancy. Any increase in intensity could be harmful to the baby.
9: Ff | Folic acid | The level of folic acid in the womans body is crucial during pregnancy. Without the correct amount the unborn fetus could develop birth defects. There are several vitamin supplements are available.
11: .................................................. | .................................................. | Many obstetricians routinely order an O'Sullivan (glucose) screen midway through pregnancy. If the test results are abnormal, a three-hour glucose tolerance test will likely be recommended to check for gestational diabetes. | Glucose Screen
12: Hh | Expect bouts of impatience, tears for no reason, or once-unobtrusive odors you all of a sudden can’t stand. | Hormones
13: Ii | Itchiness and irritation | Itchiness and iritation to the skin may occur during pregnancy, be sure to moisturize with a good body lotion, try to avoid hot showers and soaps that do not contain a lotion.
14: Jj | Join a club/class for expectant mothers | This can be comforting to know that other people are going through the same situations that you are! It is a great way to get out of the house while still participating in constructive activities for the baby.
15: Kitchen Cleaners | Avoid household cleaners can be very dangerous because they can be inhaled or even absorbed through the skin which are toxic to the baby. Always use rubber gloves for ammonia based products and pump spray bottles. | Kk
16: Ll | Laughter | Sometimes, you just gotta laugh. Like when you eat an entire jar of pickles, or you put your car keys in the fridge. The sudden forgetfulness and quirky behaviors pregnant women experience. In the torment of emotions, it’s good to make light of the silly stuff.
17: Mm | Maternity clothes. | Mm | Treat yourself. Wearing maternity clothes are so much more comfortable during those last couple of months of pregnancy. A shopping trip is well worth it!
18: Nn | Never be afraid to ask your doctor questions | Asking a lot of questions helps to satisfies curiosity, helps you to feel less nervous and more excited because you're aware of what will happen. Doctors are always there for advice and to help.
19: Oo | Over-the-counter cold remedies | Over the counter cold, cough and flu remedies can be extremely harmful to your baby. They may contain alcohol. It is best to consult your physician before taking any medications during pregnancy.
20: Pediatricians | Pp | The best time to inquire about a pediatrician is before your baby is born. Many factors can contribute to choosing the best pediatrician for your baby and you. Asking about their views on breastfeeding and immunizations can help to make your choice.
21: Qq | Quickening | This is the feeling of the fetus moving inside you. It is often described as if bubbles or butterflies were fluttering inside you. It is very common to experience quickening in the second trimester.
22: Rr | Remember that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy | Although you may have heard that limiting your alcohol consumption while pregnant is sufficient that is not true. Any amount of alcohol during pregnancy is harmful to the unborn baby which may result in fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol effect(which is 100% preventable by not drinking any alcoholic beverages)
23: Ss | Saunas, hot tubs and steaming baths | Although showers are recommended, hot tubs saunas, steaming baths and other steam rooms are not supposed to be used by pregnant women. They raise the woman's body temperature which may cause her to go into early labor
24: Tt | Toxoplasmosis | This is an infection caused by contact with cat litter and undercooked meat. A parasite in the intestines animal needs to be cooked off. When cat eat mice they contain this parasite and when they urinate in the cat litter and you change it you are coming into contact with it, the same procedure occurs with working in an outdoor garden. This could cause several health complications to the baby.
25: Urination | Uu | Frequent urine and urinary track infections are way more common during pregnancy. The size of your uterus increases, and your kidneys become more efficient. Extra pressure on the bladder sometimes makes it harder to empty.
26: ................................................ | ................................................ | Vv | Vaccinations | Vaccinations are vital during pregnancy. They help avoid and fight disease.
27: Ww | Water | Drinking water throughout pregnancy is very beneficial for your baby and you. Keep hydrated!
28: Xx | X-x chromosome | These determine whether the unborn child is a boy or a girl. 20 weeks into the pregnancy is typical in finding out the sex of your baby if you chose to
29: Yy | Yoga | Yoga is an exercise based on breathing. It's a wonderful way to prepare the mind and body for motherhood. It also trains the body to be at peace and relaxed
30: Zz | Zinc | Zinc is important for protein synthesis and fetal growth. It is one of many nutrients a pregnant woman needs for maximum health for her and the baby