Healthy Pregnancy: Where to Start
You are pregnant. Now what?! Don’t be alarmed if your head is spinning with questions, concerns, joys, and excitements. Pregnancy can bring a whirlwind of uncertainties, emotions and to-do’s. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the journey to motherhood6:
- See a Doctor: The single most important thing to do right away is schedule an appointment with a medical professional who cares for pregnant women – an obstetrician, family doctor or certified nurse-midwife.
- Prenatal Vitamins: Begin taking prenatal vitamins and minerals. Many women do not get enough calcium, folic acid and iron in their diets, so supplements are very important for you and your baby.
- Stop Harmful Substances: Stop using anything that can hurt your baby, such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or other drugs. If you need help discontinuing these habits, let your prenatal caregiver know as she/he will have tools to make it easier.
- Community: You are not alone nor were you meant to be alone on the journey of motherhood. Pregnancy Choices has a community awaiting you through our Thriving Heart Program. The Thriving Heart program utilizes an online educational curriculum called Bright Course which offers streaming video lessons. Client watch the lessons on their own time and then meet with a Bright Course Mentor who offers ongoing support and a safe place to learn. There are over 100 lessons covering a variety of topics. Clients earn credit after meeting with their Bright Course Mentor to shop in our onsite Boutique. We also offer a Monthly Mom’s Support Group that meets the second Thursday of the month. To learn more, contact Brooke.