Introduction

This book was developed to help you have a healthy baby. It was designed for you to use while you are pregnant and to help you keep track of your baby's health and growth.

You can read it cover to cover at one time. You can look up certain information on the Contents page. You can start using the book at any time. But the best way is to use it with your health care giver all through your pregnancy and your baby's first two years.

Starting prenatal care early and continuing care is important for both you, your baby and your family. Taking your baby for regular checkups is important for your baby's health; the advice from your baby's health care giver can help you become a good parent. This book will help you keep track of your and your baby's health care appointments.

There are many other books that can give you good advice about pregnancy and about caring for a new baby. Your local library and book stores are places you can find such books. Your health care provider may give you useful books and pamphlets. Two such books — Prenatal Care and Infant Care — can be ordered using the card in the back of this book.

But what makes this book special is you and your care giver. I Take it with you every time you go for health care. I Take it with you every time your baby goes for health care. I Write in it any questions or concerns you have. I Write the advice you get from your health care giver. I Share it with your health care giver. I Have your care giver write in it. I Record your weight gain during pregnancy. I Use it to help you remember your health care visits. I Keep it as a record of facts about your pregnancy. I Use it to help you remember your baby's health care visits. I Put pictures of you, your baby, and your family in it. I Record in it your baby's growth and development milestones. I Record in it your baby's shots.

I Write in it the results of your baby's health care visits.

... use this Health Diary for you and your baby.

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