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10 tips to take care of you and your baby during pregnancy

10 tips to take care of you and your baby during pregnancy

It is very important that you know this information, because it will help you to take care of yourself and your baby during pregnancy.

1. As soon as you realize that you are pregnant , it is essential that you start prenatal care, an early start guarantees good follow-up.

2. It is of vital importance that you carry out all the laboratory tests ordered to rule out alterations such as anemia, diseases such as syphilis, hepatitis B, HIV, toxoplasmosis or cytomegalovirus. All of them are high risk for pregnancy and need priority treatment.

3. Keep all gestational ultrasounds, as they provide key information about your baby's physical characteristics and growth.

4. Avoid the consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, cocaine, etc. Well, all these substances are toxic to the baby and interfere with the development of his brain.

5. Always avoid self- medication, as there are medications that can have harmful effects on the baby.

6. It is recommended the consumption of multivitamins and some micronutrients such as iron and calcium that will help the development of the baby's body and keep your body healthy and prepared for the moment of delivery.

7. A good diet, low in sugar and fat, with protein, legumes and omega-3 and 6 fatty acids will not only promote your health, but also contribute to brain development and baby growth.

8. You must visit the dentist at least twice during pregnancy, and have excellent oral hygiene practices; because the hormonal changes of pregnancy can predispose to greater sensitivity and inflammation of the gums, which easily leads to periodontal infections, and these, in turn, become a risk factor for placental infections and premature birth.

9. Vaccination against whooping cough, tetanus and influenza is a key prevention practice during pregnancy, this after 26 weeks or when your doctor orders it.

10. They are alarm signals if during pregnancy you begin to feel ringing or screeching in the ears, to have a severe headache or blurred vision, to have pain in the epigastrium or "pit of the stomach ", if you do not feel fetal movements for more 8 hours; if you begin to have discharge of liquid or blood or bad-smelling discharge from the vagina, or to have swelling of the face , hands and feet.

Any of these symptoms warrants that you consult the emergency room without waiting because something serious may be happening and if it is not detected and attended to, it can bring important complications for you or your baby.

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