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I’m not here to judge, I’m here to empower women to figure out what’s best for them.
– Heidi Murkoff
When I was first pregnant, which was, let’s see, in nineteen-eighty-three – I remember wearing a regular bathing suit to my in-laws’ pool. It was just like a spandex one-piece, completely modest, and yet people were looking at me like it was obscene.
As obesity creeps into preschools, and hypertension and type II diabetes become pediatric problems for the very first time, the case for starting preventive health care in the cradle has become too compelling to keep ignoring.
I was the first in my peer group to get pregnant. All I craved was reassurance. I needed someone to tell me that all the seemingly random symptoms I had – weird things, such as excess saliva – were normal. And I was worried because I wasn’t getting any morning sickness.
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon… or a cardiologist… or a pediatrician… or even a policy wonk to figure out that a penny’s worth of preventive care is worth many dollars of sick care.
Taking pre-natal vitamins can minimise birth defects and can lower the chances both of morning sickness and premature delivery.
Is there a downside to eating well and getting in shape?
Healthy bodies make healthy babies so you have nothing to lose!