Dietary Suggestions for a Healthy Pregnancy

 

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Siloam Springs Women’s Center
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For nearly 20 years, Dr. Chad Hill has practiced as the director of Siloam Springs Women’s Center, an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Arkansas. As an OB/GYN, Dr. Chad Hill provides medical care to women as they plan for pregnancy and prepare to deliver babies.

An important matter associated with pregnancy is nutrition. Depending on the patient, doctors may recommend new eating habits to ensure the baby receives sufficient nutrients, such as folic acid and iron. Other dietary suggestions for pregnant women include:

Certain seafood. Selections like shrimp and salmon can be beneficial to the health of the baby, but limit portions to 12 ounces per week. Avoid swordfish, shark, and albacore tuna because of their high mercury content.

Calcium. Physicians recommend a minimum of four milk product servings per day. Alternative sources of calcium include orange juice, tofu, and a number of vegetables, such as broccoli and brussels sprouts.

Carbohydrates. Healthy pregnancies benefit from carbohydrates found in whole wheat bread and pasta. Oatmeal and brown rice are additional good sources.

Labor – The Three Stages

 

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Dr. Chad Hill

An OB/GYN based in Arkansas, Dr. Chad Hill serves as the chief physician of the Siloam Springs Regional Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Chad Hill delivers babies.

Experts have divided labor into three main stages. The initial stage, which marks the beginning of labor, is the longest part of the experience. Lasting anywhere from 12 to 20 hours, the stage ends when the pregnant mother’s cervix has fully dilated in preparation for delivery of the infant. Stage one is also characterized by contractions that gradually become more frequent and intense.

During stage two, a much shorter stage, the mother endeavors to push during contractions. This stage can last anywhere from a half hour to two hours. It ends with the successful delivery of the newborn infant.

During the third stage of labor, which takes up to a half hour, the mother expels the placenta. Experts consider this to be the end of the labor cycle.