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Healthy Baby

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(before 2003)

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In order to have a healthy baby, it is best not to do certain things while pregnant. The most common reason that babies have problems when they are born is because the mother took drugs or drank alcohol while pregnant.

Any food she eats, any liquid she drinks, and any drug she takes passes through the mother's body and into the unborn baby. There is nothing that stops the baby from getting whatever the mother has in her body.

There is no safe amount of alcohol or drugs a pregnant woman can take. Doctors do not know how any baby will react to the alcohol or drugs in the mother's body. The best advice it is to not use any alcohol or drugs while pregnant.

There is no safe time to take any drugs or alcohol during pregnancy. If a woman discovers she is pregnant, she should stop smoking or using drugs and alcohol immediately. The sooner the woman stops taking them, the better chance the baby has to be born healthy.

After the baby is born, it is important for the mother to not take drugs or alcohol if she is breast feeding her child. Any drug or alcohol can be passed on to the baby through the mother's milk.

It is best if you eat healthy foods, get plenty of sleep, and see a doctor regularly if you are pregnant.

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