Healthy Pregnancy

Monday, May 31, 2010

During your pregnancy, youll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you. Dr. Edward Hill gives some advice on how to keep you and your baby healthy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You can help make sure that you and your baby will be as healthy as possible by making some lifestyle changes while you are pregnant.

It is important to check in with your doctor regularly. Tell him or her about any prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medicines that you take. If you smoke, drink alcohol, or use street drugs, you should quit. There is no safe amount of alcohol while you are pregnant.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your baby is eat a balanced diet. You should take folic acid every day for the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. Folic acid can help prevent problems with your babys brain and spinal cord. Your doctor also might want you to take an iron pill or calcium pill while you are pregnant. You should not need to take any other vitamins if you eat a healthy diet, but check with your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.