Child Growth & Development
Prenatal Care for Expectant Mothers
Proper prenatal care, nutrition and appropriate medical attention are imperative for a healthy pregnancy. However with ever increasing health insurance and medical costs, it is incredibly expensive to stay insured or cover pregnancy-related expenses out of pocket. The costs of delivery are increasing and the expense of insurance doesn't seem much better. There are resources available which may be able to provide free or low-cost prenatal care. In the US, the Health Resources Service Administration can provide you with information on prenatal services in your area by calling 1-800-311-BABY. The American Pregnancy Association also has information on insurance for pregnant women, including government-funded Medicaid. Medicaid often provides coverage for what is not paid by most insurance companies. WIC is another program available that provides federal assistance to women, infants and children. Dietary supplements and referrals to health care services, and advice on breastfeeding are just some of the ways that WIC helps pregnant mothers to be. The local health department in your county may offer free prenatal vitamins and prenatal care to low-income pregnant women. The Food Stamp Program, currently known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), is another federally funded program designed to help single individuals and families with little or no income to buy food. You must meet the income limits to qualify. Local churches are another source you can utilize for help with nutrition for you or your baby.
There are also environmental hazards that a pregnant women should avoid such as limiting illegal drugs and most prescription drugs, avoiding alcohol and reducing stress. A mothers emotional state can also effect the fetus so doing things to limit stress and anxiety. Ways to reduce stress may be exercise and breathing exercises....
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