Resources for You and Your Baby
14
October

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Liz: [ LAUGHS ] Kathy:
REALLY, I AM SO GLAD I DIDN’T WAKE UP
WITH MORNING SICKNESS. I FEEL LIKE I CAN EAT
EVERYTHING IN SIGHT. Liz: I WAS THE SAME WAY.
THE WORST IS BEHIND YOU. YOU SHOULD START FEELING BETTER
EACH DAY. [ INHALER PUFFS ] HOW IS YOUR ASTHMA?
DID YOU TALK TO THE DOCTOR? Kathy: NO. AND YOU SOUND
LIKE MY MOTHER. Liz: SHE’S RIGHT. [ CELLPHONE BUZZES ] DON’T TAKE IT SO LIGHTLY. Kathy:
OOH, AND THAT TEXT? HOT DATE WITH THE HUSBAND? Liz:
MY HUSBAND? YEAH, RIGHT. NO, SERIOUSLY,
I SIGNED UP FOR TEXT4BABY, A FREE TEXT-MESSAGE SERVICE
FOR PREGNANT WOMEN. Kathy:
MY DOCTOR TOLD ME ABOUT THAT. Liz: THEY SEND TEXTS
ON HEALTHY EATING, CHECKUPS,
YOUR BABY’S DEVELOPMENT, AND SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT
FOR YOU — TAKING MEDICINE WHILE PREGNANT. LISTEN TO THE TEXT I JUST GOT. “YOUR BABY IS ALMOST HERE. ASK HOW VACCINES
PROTECT YOUR NEWBORN.” THERE’S A LOT YOU NEED TO LEARN
BEFORE YOUR BABY IS BORN. Kathy: I KNOW. Liz:
THESE TEXTS ARE REALLY HELPFUL. THEY ARE FREE, AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO
WORRY ABOUT ADS FROM THEM. YOU SHOULD SIGN UP. I DID IT WHEN I WAS SIX MONTHS,
BUT YOU CAN DO IT AT ANYTIME. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO
IS TEXT “BABY” TO 511411. THEY’LL ASK FOR YOUR BABY’S
DUE DATE AND YOUR ZIP CODE. Kathy:
OKAY. OKAY, I’M SIGNING UP. WOW! OKAY, LIZ, YOU WERE RIGHT.
IT WAS EASY. AND I JUST GOT MY FIRST TEXT.
SEE? Liz: I TOLD YOU. Dr. Mendez: HI, KATHY.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING? Kathy: WONDERFUL. WELL, NOW THAT
THE MORNING SICKNESS IS OVER, I FEEL MUCH BETTER. Dr. Mendez:
WELL, I’M GLAD TO HEAR IT. WHAT ELSE IS NEW? Kathy:
I SIGNED UP FOR TEXT4BABY. Dr. Mendez: TEXT4BABY
IS AN EXCELLENT SERVICE. I RECOMMEND IT TO MY PATIENTS. THEY SEND YOU FREE TEXT MESSAGES
WHILE YOU’RE PREGNANT AND UP UNTIL
YOUR BABY’S FIRST BIRTHDAY. Kathy:
UM, I GOT A MESSAGE SAYING THAT I SHOULD TALK
TO MY DOCTOR ABOUT MEDICINES. Dr. Mendez: I’M GLAD
THEY SENT YOU THAT REMINDER. NOT ALL MEDICATIONS ARE SAFE
TO TAKE DURING PREGNANCY. BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO
STOP TAKING SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY DO NEED. Kathy: YEAH, LIKE THE MEDICINE
FOR MY ASTHMA. Dr. Mendez: EXACTLY. I’M ALREADY MONITORING
YOUR ASTHMA, SO IF WE NEED TO MAKE
ANY CHANGES TO YOUR MEDICATIONS, I’LL LET YOU KNOW. BUT IT’S IMPORTANT
TO LET ME KNOW BEFORE YOU START OR STOP
TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS, EVEN MEDICINE FOR HEADACHE. Kathy: THANKS. YOU’RE ALWAYS
LOOKING OUT FOR ME. Dr. Mendez: TAKE THIS FACT SHEET
FROM THE FDA. IT HAS GOOD MEDICATION TIPS
TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR BABY SAFE. Kathy:
I’LL READ THIS TONIGHT. Dr. Mendez:
AND HERE’S SOMETHING ELSE. THE FDA ALSO HAS A WEBSITE ON
PREGNANCY EXPOSURE REGISTRIES. THEY ARE STUDIES THAT COLLECT
INFORMATION FROM WOMEN LIKE YOU WHO TAKE PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES
FOR HEALTH PROBLEMS LIKE ASTHMA, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE,
AND OTHER CONDITIONS. Kathy:
THANKS. I’LL CHECK IT OUT. Dr. Mendez: HOW IS LIZ?
HER BABY IS DUE SOON. Kathy:
YES. SHE’S DOING VERY WELL. STILL ACTING LIKE MY MOM.
[ LAUGHS ] WE’RE GOING TO THROW HER A SURPRISE BABY SHOWER
THIS AFTERNOON. -Dr. Mendez: HOW NICE.
-Kathy: YEAH. Dr. Mendez:
WELL, GIVE HER MY BEST. Kathy: I WILL. Dr. Mendez:
AND, KATHY, LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PROBLEMS. Kathy:
I WILL. THANK YOU. SEE YOU NEXT MONTH. -Dr. Mendez: TAKE CARE.
-Kathy: BYE. -Liz: WOW.
-Kathy: YEAH. Liz: I’M SO GLAD EVERYTHING
WENT WELL WITH DR. MENDEZ AND THAT YOU ARE HEALTHY. Kathy: YES. Liz: WITH THE DOCTOR, THE TEXTS,
AND MY HELP, YOU SHOULD HAVE A LOT
OF GOOD ADVICE BY THE TIME YOUR BABY COMES. Kathy:
YES. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Liz: NO PROBLEM. I WAS GLAD FOR THE HELP
WHEN I HAD MY FIRST BABY. NOW LOOK AT ME —
READY TO HAVE NUMBER THREE. Kathy: [ LAUGHS ]
I KNOW. ANY DAY NOW. Liz:
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? All: SURPRISE! Liz: WHAT IN THE…
OH, MY GOD! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHAT? AAH! OH, MY GOSH. OH, MY GOSH.
THIS IS SO SWEET, YOU GUYS. OH. Announcer:
TEXT4BABY SENDS HELPFUL TIPS THROUGHOUT YOUR PREGNANCY AND UP
TO YOUR BABY’S FIRST BIRTHDAY. TO GET THESE FREE MESSAGES,
JUST TEXT “BABY” TO 511411. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT SAFE MEDICINE USE
DURING YOUR PREGNANCY, VISIT www.fda.gov/pregnancy.


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