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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Prevent Small Babies

Growth of the developing fetus is an important consideration in your pregnancy. The healthiest babies are not too big and not too small. Babies that are too small for how far pregnant you are is a condition called "SGA" or small for your gestational age. SGA babies can be small genetically, or small because of poor fetal growth, or "IUGR" fetal growth restriction. Small babies aren't just at risk during pregnancy, it is a concern for the first weeks of life and beyond. Babies that are born small are at higher risk of illness and death shortly after birth and have health problems as they age (depending on what occurs in the pregnancy and nursery)  There are many ways to insure that your baby will grow properly. Generally being healthy, getting a balanced diet, proper fluid intake, rest, not smoking, not drinking alcohol, and prenatal vitamins are the most important factors to having a baby who grows to normal size. The newest information regarding the overall all size of the baby has to do with vitamin D status. In general we think normal vitamin D levels are the best for every pregnancy, but there is new data that states those at most risk for blood pressure problems, those who are obese and those who are ethnically white are at the most risk of complications from vitamin D that is too low.

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