Many amazing changes happen to a woman’s body as it prepares to bring life into the world. This December, help your patients prepare for these changes by providing the tools they need to have a healthy pregnancy.
With tips on managing morning sickness, gaining healthy weight, and making healthy lifestyle choices, the Healthwise Knowledgebase is full of information to guide your members and patients through each trimester.
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Oh baby, baby
Pregnancy can be exciting and overwhelming and nerve-wracking, all at the same time. From prenatal visits to planning for labor, there’s a lot to learn and a lot to think about. But the good news is that you have time. As your body changes and your baby develops, you’ll learn about different steps you can take to keep your baby healthy and stay healthy yourself. And during each trimester, you may experience new or different symptoms and emotions—some of these changes may be challenging and uncomfortable, but there are ways to manage them. For everything you need to know about being pregnant, refer to this useful resource.
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Preparing for a healthy pregnancy
Got babies on your mind? If you’re starting to think about getting pregnant, you may want to take some steps to help you have a healthy pregnancy … and a healthy baby. So what kind of things can you do? You can make lifestyle changes like getting regular exercise and cutting down on caffeinated drinks. You can eat well by eating a balanced diet across the different food groups. And you can ask your doctor for a prepregnancy exam to help you understand what risks you might have during pregnancy. Use this helpful guide as a checklist for preparing for a healthy pregnancy.
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Gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes as your baby grows and you prepare to give birth. Gaining weight is one of those normal body changes. But how many pounds should you gain? It really depends on your health, your pregnancy, and your weight before pregnancy. There is no set number of pounds to aim for. Instead, your doctor can tell you what your range is for healthy weight gain. Gaining too much or too little weight can raise both your risks and your baby’s risks for health issues. So it’s important to know your range and focus on being active and eating healthy. For more tips on healthy weight gain during pregnancy, refer to this helpful guide.
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Healthy habits for a healthy pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, you may have started thinking about what you can do to care for yourself and your baby during pregnancy. To begin with, you’ll want to have regular prenatal checkups to make sure both you and your baby are doing well. And now that you’re eating for two (or more), it’s even more important to eat a balanced diet to ensure that everyone’s nutritional needs are met. Pregnancy can be exhausting, so be sure to get plenty of rest. Putting your feet up throughout the day, lying on your left side as your pregnancy advances, and taking naps can all be good calming activities. For more information about these tips and other healthy habits for a healthy pregnancy, bookmark this handy guide.
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Manage your morning sickness
Morning sickness … often the toughest part of pregnancy during the first trimester. Whether you are suffering from nausea, vomiting, or both, there are some things you can try to manage your morning sickness and get some relief. One reliable tip is to take ginger or vitamin B6. Another tip is to change your eating habits. For example, have several smaller meals throughout the day instead of eating three large meals. If you experience severe morning sickness—persistent nausea and vomiting—see your doctor immediately. Severe morning sickness can lead to dehydration and hospitalization. For other helpful tips for managing your morning sickness, turn to this helpful resource.
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