Pregnancy Information

Written by Devin Flanigan
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As hard as it is to fathom, there are over six billion human beings alive right now on our planet. Sadly, however, a criminally small number of the world's pregnancies are carefully monitored by physicians and health-conscious parents. Despite the hundreds of volumes of pregnancy information and literature available, very few parents ever read more than a fraction of the conventional wisdom.

The truth is, despite our vast scientific understanding of pregnancy, many people still learn about child-rearing via word-of-mouth. It's not that we don't trust physicians. It's that we're so overwhelmed by information overload that we find it difficult to discriminate between genuine medical advice and questionable family lore. Believe it or not, many pregnant women trust their friends and family over their doctors, even when it comes to important pregnancy choices.

Pregnancy Information You Can Use

What are a few simple guidelines for a healthier pregnancy? First and foremost, stop any destructive physical behaviors, such as smoking or drinking, at once. Substantial evidence suggests that women who smoke while pregnant damage the short-term and long-term health prospects for their babies. Similarly, women who eat poorly or who drink while pregnant run much higher risks of delivering babies with birth defects.

Every pregnancy is different, so it's important to talk to your obstetrician to learn what steps you should take for a smooth and uncomplicated pregnancy. Preparation is the key to peace of mind. There is a wealth of apropos and easy-to-read literature on this subject--ranging from Dr. Spock's Baby Book to savvy articles in myriad parenting magazines. Make sure that you have all the information you need so that mother and child both can share a healthy and uneventful pregnancy.

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