Pregnancy represents an ideal time for health promotion activities. Many women, including adolescents, are interested and willing to change health behaviors to improve the chance that they will deliver a healthy infant. This paper focuses on improving nutrition in pregnant adolescents. Seven recommendations are presented to help achieve this goal: 1 Focus on foods, not nutrients; 2 individualize and work within the pregnant adolescent's current eating habits; 3 consider the context of family and peer groups; 4 reward efforts; 5 make it easy; 6 focus on weight gain patterns for optimal birth outcomes; and 7 refer to a dietician, as needed.
Improving Nutrition in Pregnant Adolescents: Recommendations for Clinical Practitioners
If you've decided to have a baby, the most important thing you can do is to take good care of yourself so you and your baby will be healthy. Girls who get the proper care and make the right choices have a very good chance of having healthy babies. See a doctor as soon as possible after you find out you're pregnant to begin getting prenatal care prenatal care is medical care during pregnancy. The sooner you start to get medical care, the better the chances that you and your baby will be healthy. If you can't afford to go to a doctor or clinic for prenatal care, social service organizations can help you. Ask a trusted adult, like a parent or school counselor, to help you find low-cost or free care in your community. During your first visit, the doctor will ask you lots of questions, including the date of your last period.
Healthy eating while pregnant is important for any woman, but being pregnant and a teenager requires some extra handling to ensure your diet is what it needs to be for baby and Mommy's health. However, pregnancy nutrition does mean eating for two. Both you and your baby are dependent on what you put in your mouth for nutrition so be mindful about meal planning.
Healthy eating, controlled weight gain and regular physical activity during pregnancy can keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy and birth and after birth too. The best thing you can do is lose some weight before you start trying to get pregnant. Talk to your doctor or midwife about normal or healthy weight gain during pregnancy. Eat small meals often This can help you with healthy weight control and other pregnancy issues like morning sickness and heartburn. Drink plenty of water Water is the best drink for good health.