Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) obstetrician Audra Meadows, MD, MPH, thinks that birth outcomes in our community could be much better. That’s why she spends much of her time advising women on optimizing their health before, during, and after pregnancy, to prevent low birth weight and other problems.
Here are some tips from Dr. Meadows to help women improve their chances of having a healthy baby.
Eating right is particularly important for pregnant women. Your baby needs healthy food, not sugar and fat. Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and foods low in saturated fat.
Get your vitamins
Get plenty of folic acid and calcium. You can get these and other necessary vitamins and minerals from food and a standard multivitamin. Spinach, oranges, broccoli, and kidney beans are rich in folic acid. Milk, yogurt, and spinach are packed with calcium. A daily prenatal multivitamin, however, can help ensure you get the right amount. Ask your doctor about taking a daily prenatal vitamin.