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AT A G L A N C E THE ROAD TO A SAFER PREGNANCY PROCEED Almost as soon as you find out you’re plus-one, the advice starts coming. Friends, family and well-meaning mother-in-laws spout their rules of pregnancy that you must follow. But how can you tell old wives’ tales from true words of wisdom? We’re here to help you sort things out. FISH: True, you want to steer RUNNING/JOGGING: clear of fish high in mercury, such as swordfish. But other seafood is safe and provides healthy omega-3s, which boost your baby’s brain development. Salmon, cod, tilapia, shrimp, crab and scallops are all OK for moms-to-be. If you’re a runner, there’s no reason to stop now. Exercise is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. If you’re experiencing complications, ask your doctor which types of activities are best for you. W E LCO M E TO T H E WO R L D ! 73,052 The number of babies born in Maryland in 2011. AUGUST The most popular month for babies to be born HALT! CAUTION nationwide. HAIR DYE: Only a trace CAFFEINE: Experts agree amount of chemicals is absorbed through the skin, making the main concern inhaling the fumes. Most Ob-Gyns recommend skipping the hair dye during the first three months of pregnancy. that the less you consume the better, because your baby can’t process it as well as you can. Avoid caffeine altogether in the first trimester, and limit yourself to 200 milligrams a day after that. DELI MEAT: Because of the possibility of it being contaminated with listeria, bacteria that can lead to miscarriage, deli meat is a no-no. The only exception? Heating it up until it’s steaming, which will kill any bacteria. RAW EGGS: This is probably a no-brainer, given raw eggs’ link to salmonella. But keep in mind that raw egg can be found in some Caesar salad dressings, Hollandaise sauce and cookie dough.  Discover more about pregnancy at and search "Pregnancy" under "Healthy Insights." The top 5 boys and girls names in Maryland in 2011 were: Mason Jacob Michael Ethan Ryan Sophia Olivia Isabella Madison Ava | Summer 2013 13

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Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Summer 2013
A Healthy Start
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Physician Update
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Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Summer 2013