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Pregnancy Quote:

“A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside…when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.” – Author Unknown

 

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Size of Fetus at One Month:

Fetus is approximately 1/4 inch long…smaller than a grain of rice. 

  

Eating for Two During Pregnancy:

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Now that you are eating for two, make sure you include the following key nutrients in your
daily diet:

Nutrient: Folic Acid

Benefit: Helps minimize the risk of babies born with neural tube defects (NTDs), major birth defects of a baby’s brain or spinal cord.

How much you need: 400 mcg daily

Sources (as folate): Found in dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce; cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts, rapini, and cauliflower; and fruits including oranges, grapefruit, and strawberries; daily supplement.

Nutrient: DHA

Supports: Healthy brain and eye development; fetal neurodevelopment; mother’s healthy mood  

How much you need: 300 mg daily

Sources: Fatty fish including salmon, sardines, herring, tuna, and anchovies; supplements

Nutrient: Iron

Supports: Helps minimize risk of anemia during pregnancy, particularly during the third trimester

How much you need: 27 mg daily (CDC)

Sources: Meat, poultry, lentils, lima beans, soybeans, spinach, iron-fortified foods; supplements 

Nutrient: Iodine

Supports: Needed to make thyroid hormones, which are vital to the healthy development of the central nervous systems and skeletal systems of fetuses and babies during pregnancy.

How much you need: Women pregnant or lactating: 220-250 mcg daily; women breastfeeding: 250-290 mcg daily.

Sources: Seafood, meat, dairy, and eggs; daily supplement 

 


 

 Nutrient Spotlight: Folic Acid

What you need to know!

What is folic acid?

Folic acid (vitamin B9) helps minimize the risk of babies born with neural tube defects (NTDs), major birth defects of a baby’s brain or spinal cord.

The importance of folic acid

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends taking 400 mcg of folic acid daily at least one month before conception and throughout your pregnancy.1

Are you getting enough?

Since it is hard to get the nutrients you need every day from diet alone, it is important to take a vitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid every day

 


 

Normal to Experience:

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Baby fever!

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Do you have a case of baby fever? Not sure? Side effects include (but are not limited to):

Making lists (and lists) of baby names:

  • Including some passed down on both sides for generations, some classic, some trendy
  • Looking up what each name means
  • Listening to how each one sounds with your last name
  • Thinking of all potential nicknames your child may be stuck with (some good, some not so much!)

Browsing Pinterest for hours on end, looking at all things #baby

  • Pregnancy memes
  • Pregnancy fashion
  • Nursery ideas
  • Baby clothes

Obsessive Google searches on topics that include:

  • Food cravings – what’s normal, what’s not
  • Strange noises your body suddenly makes
  • What is my baby up to in there (day-by-day, week-by-week)
  • What’s going on with my skin/hair/body (day-by-day, week-by-week)

Dreaming strange (yet common) dreams such as:

  • Giving birth to baby animals, think puppies, kittens, or bunnies (cute, but yikes!)
  • Giving birth to a toddler – or full-grown adult (ouch!)
  • Swimming, being surrounded by, or floating on, water (feeling your baby moving in amniotic fluid)
  • Being trapped in a room, struggling to get out (possible anxiety about being pregnant or identifying with your baby as “trapped” in your womb)
  • Looking at yourself in a mirror, and not recognizing who you are (possibly due to progressive changes to your body)
  • Your partner having sex with someone else (wondering if your partner still finds you attractive)
  • Driving a speeding truck or a bus (being “behind the wheel” and taking control of a situation)

So, any of this look familiar? If so, you may have an acute case of baby fever!

The cure? There is none, just go forth and enjoy your pregnancy…and welcome to the club!

 


 

Call Your Doctor When…

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Spotting

Some spotting (or vaginal bleeding) is normal very early on in pregnancy. Causes may include an infection, vaginal intercourse, or hormone fluctuations; however, always let your healthcare provider know if you are spotting, regardless of what may be causing it. 

Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience the following:

  • Spotting that turns to heavy bleeding
  • Dizziness or light headedness
  • Discomfort, burning, cramping, or pain2

 


 

 

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation.

 

References:

  1. Abridged from Facts About folic Acid, Centers for Disease Control.
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/documents/FactsAboutFolicAcid_English.pdf
  2. Vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy. MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000614.htm

 

Month One

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