In this week’s “Savvy Patient” column in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Dana M. Shipp, M.D, provides valuable tips to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Preparing for a baby’s arrival is important — but charting a course for mom’s health during pregnancy is even more vital. Here are some tips for planning a healthy pregnancy.
- Add folic acid. Folic acid plays a key role in promoting a baby’s neurological development.
- Get fit. Women should strive to reach a healthy body mass index, or BMI, before becoming pregnant.
- Eat healthy, not for two. Instead of “eating for two,” pregnant women should “eat twice as healthy.”
- No alcohol or tobacco. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should refrain from alcohol and tobacco.
For more healthy pregnancy tips and to read the full article: Healthy pregnancy equals a healthy baby