Monday, January 19, 2009

Getting Fit for Pregnancy

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and the theme is “Getting Fit for Pregnancy.”

Birth defects affect approximately one in 33 newborns and are a leading cause of infant mortality in the United States.

Good health habits include knowing your family history, keeping regular check-ups with a doctor and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and a healthy diet. For every woman of childbearing age, these habits should also include taking a multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid daily, starting before she gets pregnant, to improve the likelihood of delivering a healthy baby.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is so amazing how much the body changes during pregnancy. At The Center for True Harmony we offer not only OBGYN services but we offer Pregnancy Massage as well as Pregnancy Stretch classes. The Pregnancy Stretch class is an amazing way for women to honor their body as they move through this time in their life. In this class they use movement on a pregnancy ball, yoga and breathwork to assit in preperation for the birthing process as well as assist through the discomforts and changes that come along with pregnancy. If you are interested in this class, it is offered every Saturday at 9:45 at True Harmony in Mesa. Check out our website at for more information.