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Diane Miller

Well on your way: The first trimester

    Now that you are pregnant, your body is changing rapidly. It is very important for you to take care of yourself so you can be well on your way to the joys of parenthood!
Eating for two …
    Your calories and nutrients must be increased while you are pregnant because your baby needs food, too. You are the sole source of food for your baby. The best way to get all the nutrients for your baby is to eat a wide variety of foods. While pregnant you need about 300 extra calories a day. Limit foods high in fat, salt and sugars. Avoid alcohol and smoking.
You need
    - Six or more servings from the bread and cereal group
    - Two or more servings of fruit
    - Three or more servings of vegetables
    - Three or more servings from the milk group
    - Two or more servings from the meat group
Development …
    - First month: The baby’s heart begins beating; the baby is called an embryo at this stage and is about 1/4 inch long. This is 10,000 times larger than the egg it started from!
    - Second month: From the second month on, the baby is called a fetus. The arms, legs, body and face begin to develop.
    - Third month: The fetus is about three inches long and weighs about one ounce. It can open and close its mouth, swallow, kick its legs, move its hands and turn its head. A doctor can now tell if it is a boy or girl.
    For more information on child development, contact Diane at (912) 871-0504, dianem@uga.edu or www.ugaextension.com/bulloch.

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