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You're Having a Baby!

Visit our Maternal Child Health area before the big day.

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Congratulations! As soon as you've confirmed you're pregnant, it's time to find a healthcare provider who specializes in caring for moms and babies during pregnancy. Early prenatal care — the care you receive from a healthcare provider during pregnancy — is essential to your baby's growth and development.

Regularly scheduled visits are crucial to making sure your baby is developing normally. Ask questions and express any concerns. Your healthcare provider wants to help you have the healthiest pregnancy and safest delivery possible.

Tips for a Health Pregnancy

To get you started, we've compiled some of the most common health-related pregnancy advice for women. Your doctor can offer more guidelines based on your specific situation. Throughout your pregnancy if you have nutrition questions, call our Community Nutrition Line, 816.691.5202.

Alcohol, drug and tobacco use. If you participate in any of these activities, it's essential to your baby's health to stop immediately.

Coffee

Caffeine Content

  • Cup of coffee = 150 mg
  • Black tea = About 80 mg
  • 12-ounce soda = 30-60 mg
  • Even chocolate and some medications contain caffeine

Eat healthy. Talk with your doctor about the consumption of fish and limit your intake of lunch meats and packaged foods.

Caffeine. Limit your caffeine intake to less than 300 mg/day. Better yet, eliminate it completely.

Your doctor can help you determine how much caffeine, if any, is right for you.

Prenatal vitamins. Folic acid plays an important role in decreasing your risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect, such as spina bifida. You can buy over-the-counter prenatal vitamins that have the recommended 400 mcg folic acid.

Stay hydrated. Water is the best source for hydration. Drink plenty of water.

Choose a Pediatrician

Finding a pediatrician with whom you feel comfortable will give you peace of mind as your newborn grows and develops. Start your search during pregnancy so you have time to talk with several different pediatrician offices.

When choosing a doctor for your baby, consider:

  • Breastfeeding help
  • How the staff treats you
  • Immunizations
  • Insurance coverage
  • Office hours and on-call services
  • Routine office visit frequency
  • Whether the office separates sick children from well children

If your pediatrician does not have privileges at NKCH, you may choose to have the pediatrician on-call visit your baby during your stay.

Before Pregnancy

  • Prenatal Care