Healthy moms and babies
Find information about being healthy before you are pregnant, during your pregnancy, and after your baby is born. For more trusted information from the Rhode Island Department of Health, see www.health.ri.gov or call 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711
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At WIC, moms learn what to eat while pregnant or breastfeeding, and what to feed their growing kids. They also get WIC benefits that can be used at grocery stores and farmers’ markets to help them provide the right foods for their family.
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As part of our "A Healthy Baby is Worth the Wait" educational campaign with March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter, ads on RIPTA buses and in bus shelters are advising pregnant women and their families not to rush their baby's birth day. Babies need at least 39 weeks to develop before being born.
Here's why your baby needs 39 weeks before being born: * Important organs, like his brain, lungs and liver, get the time they need to develop. * He is less likely to have vision and hearing problems after birth. * He has time to gain more weight in the womb. Babies born at a healthy weight have an easier time staying warm than babies born too small. * He can suck and swallow and stay awake long enough to eat after he's born. Babies born early sometimes can't do these things.
Preconception health means taking care of your own health now to make sure that if you choose to start a family, you'll be healthy for yourself and your future baby. Whether you're thinking about now, the near future, or not at all, the key is setting goals, making a plan, and most importantly, taking care of yourself during preconception since your health before pregnancy can affect the health of your baby.
Don't rush your baby's birth day. More and more births are being scheduled a little early. Experts are learning that this can cause problems. If possible, it's best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own.
One in every 10 babies born in the U.S. is admitted to a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) because of premature birth or another medical condition. Having a baby hospitalized in a NICU, can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming for parents. In conjunction with its national Prematurity Campaign, the March of Dimes has developed NICU Family Support to provide information and comfort to those families in crisis. http://www.marchofdimes.com/mission/mission.html
1 in 8 babies is born too soon. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of preterm labor and birth | March of Dimes
Do you know why babies need at least 39 weeks to grow and develop before being born?
During Prematurity Awareness Month, we're partnering with March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter to encourage women with healthy pregnancies not to rush their baby's birth day. Babies aren’t fully developed until at least 39 weeks of pregnancy. If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for moms and babies, but did you know that babies who are breastfed or fed with breast milk for the first 6 months of life are at lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS? For this reason, breastfeed your baby as much and for as long as you can. If you bring your baby into your bed to breastfeed, make sure to put him or her back in a separate sleep area, such as a safety-approved crib, in your room when finished.
Sleeping with a baby in an adult bed is always dangerous, but even more so when: * The adult smokes cigarettes or has consumed alcohol or medication that causes drowsiness. * The baby shares a bed with other children. * The sleep surface is a couch, sofa, waterbed, or armchair. * There are pillows or blankets in the bed * The baby is younger than 11 weeks to 14 weeks of age. * The baby shares a bed with more than one person, especially if sleeping between two adults.
In addition to Tummy Time, try these ways to help prevent flat spots from forming on the back of baby’s head: * Hold your baby upright when he or she is not sleeping. This is sometimes called “cuddle time.” * Limit the amount of time your baby spends in car seats, bouncers, swings, and carriers. * Change the direction your baby lies in the crib from one week to the next.