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ReadyKidSA: Before Baby - Health & Fitness

Thinking about having a baby anytime during your life? Then it’s time to start healthy habits. A healthy family means a healthy baby. Physical activity makes your body strong and healthy, and eating nutritious foods is important for the baby to grow and develop.

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During pregnancy, exercise can help you stay in shape and prepare for labor and delivery. Learn more


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Alcohol & Smoking

Drinking during pregnancy can put your baby at risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Women are encouraged to talk with their obstetricians, pediatricians and other health care providers so they can not only understand the risks, but also make the best choice for the health of their baby.
Alcohol & Pregnancy


Many studies have shown that if a woman smokes or is exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy, her child may be born too early (prematurely) or be smaller than normal. Other effects caused by smoking during pregnancy may include:


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Going to the Doctor

Prenatal Appointments
Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.


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