Since the 1990s, Real Alternatives has provided expectant and new mothers with free counseling, classes, and resources via its website and network of nonprofit centers. Operating predominantly in Michigan, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, Real Alternatives can help women make wise prenatal decisions to ensure the health of their babies. Here are some useful prenatal tips for women.
1. Folic acid. Ensure your child’s healthy development, particularly during the early stages of pregnancy, by ingesting between 400 and 800 micrograms of folic acid daily. Numerous multivitamins contain folic acid and it is also available as a specialty prenatal vitamin.
2. Control your eating. Though you’re eating for two, you don’t need to double your caloric intake. In fact, you only need an additional 200 calories per day during the first trimester, and an additional 300 in the second and third trimesters.
3. Speak to your doctor. Visit your doctor regularly to check on the fetus’ progress. Further, consult with your doctor prior to taking any new medicines, including herbal products and over-the-counter medications, to ensure your baby doesn’t experience any unintended side-effects.