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     Congratulations on your pregnancy and upcoming birth!!! And, if you are low risk, FEAR NOT! In fact, if you arm yourself with information, you will find that you have nothing to fear but fear itself.
     Unlike the common misconception, vital statistics confirm that there are NOT a lot of things that can go wrong in pregnancy or in labor/delivery for women who are healthy and of low-risk status.  Below are some tips to ensure a good outcome for your pregnancy and labor/delivery.
   ***Start prenatal care early with a practitioner of your choice (whether it be a doctor or a midwife). Be sure that your practitioner thoroughly answers all of your questions and addresses all of your concerns (in language that you can understand).
   ***Seek unbiased information about what to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Find out what's normal and what's abnormal so that you will know the signs/symptoms of problems and when not to worry. Immediately report problems to your practitioner.
   ***Take care of yourself: Eat right, exercise, reduce stress, etc.
   ***Practice preventive care through healthy habits (ex., eating nutritiously, exercising, watching weight gain, etc.) and through healthy lifestyles (ex., don't smoke or do drugs, etc.).
   ***A lot of more common problems that occur during pregnancy (ex., toxemia, anemia, gestational diabetes, etc.) can be avoided or controlled with proper diet and exercise routines.
   ***The rates of complications during labor and delivery are drastically reduced when women undergo natural childbirth (with little or no unnecessary interventions).
   ***Seek unbiased information on the risks and benefits of common and/or routine obstetrical procedures and tests. Always avoid procedures and/or tests that are not medically necessary.
   ***RELAX!!! Birth is normal, your body is designed to do this and, in most cases, things work out just fine.