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B. Special needs and concerns of mother

1) Emotional: Mood swings, postpartum depression, support systems

2) Nutrition: Adequate amounts of many nutrients from the food pyramid are necessary to provide the building blocks for the new baby and to keep mom healthy (See Tables 3-1, 3-2, 3-3)

3) Dental Care: Get checkups to ensure good dental health and no infection

4) Avoid the following situations:

(a) Drugs: Prescription, over-the-counter (unless approved by OB care provider), and street drugs should be avoided. All drugs pass to the fetus, and, although they may be safe for adults, their effect on the fetus is harmful or unknown.   (b) Alcohol: No safe intake level is known, so abstaining from alcohol is encouraged. Alcohol has been proven to have effects on the baby.
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(c) Tobacco: Decreases oxygen to mom and baby and can decrease growth of baby. Ask OB provider about cessation classes.

(d) Radiation: Always tell radiologist you are pregnant. X-rays that are not immediately necessary can be postponed.

5) Safer sex: Use of condoms during pregnancy to prevent infection is imperative. You can continue with normal sexual activity unless uncomfortable, painful, or OB care provider recommends against it.

6) Exercise: Maintain level of exercise accomplished in prepregnant state unless told by OB care provider that complications of pregnancy or medical problems limit activity; passive muscle tightening and relaxation, including Kegel exercises, should be performed.

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