- Pregnant women, on average, need an additional 300 calories daily.
- Smoking, drinking, and inadequate nutrition increase your risk for delivering a low birth weight or premature infant.
- Women who breastfeed for 6 to 12 months are more likely to return to their pre-pregnancy weight than women who do not breastfeed.
SPECTRUM OFFERS the following services to assure a healthy pregnancy:
- Nutrition services to help you gain the appropriate amount of weight.
- Gestational diabetes education.
- Specialty prenatal providers who can provide guidance regarding which prescription, over-the-counter medications, and supplements are safe or not to take during pregnancy.
- Smoking cessation counseling.
- Referrals to a lactation consultation if you are considering breastfeeding.
Applications for WIC: a USDA supplemental nutrition program for expecting and new mothers to ensure adequate nutrition.