Prenatal Care

Prenatal Care
Q:
Prenatal Care

As a pediatrician, you included much information on pregnancy in your books. Why do you think pregnancy is that important from a pediatrician’s point of view? What the most important advice you want give to expecting parents?

A:

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

The time before birth is a time of incredible possibility as well as potential peril. The babies are growing and learning so fast. At one point they make 100,000 new neural connections an hour. It’s the time when parents have the most control over their child’s environment and when every choice about that environment makes the most difference. As a pediatrician, I try to help parents make the best choices for their baby during – and even before — pregnancy.

The most direct way parents can affect the health of their babies even before birth is to make smart decisions about what mommy eats, drinks and absorbs (through lungs or skin). Parents can make a difference just by paying attention to those three things, maximizing positive and nurturing choices and minimizing unnecessary toxins.

Expectant parents can become overwhelmed with information and advice. It’s almost impossible to absorb every tip or follow every guideline. I don’t expect that parents will follow my advice word for word, so my books offer questions and considerations that parents can consider as they make important decisions for themselves and their babies.

Reviewed by: Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, Rebecca Hicks
Last reviewed: December 15, 2009
Dr. Alan Greene

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Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

 

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