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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 17 - January 23, 1997 - 29 Brownie Scouts visit Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center Brownie Girl Scout Troop #1311 spread some holiday cheer at Harbor Healthcare Rehalita- tion Center on Wednesday, Dec. 18. ! The Brownies began making and decorating paper snowflakes and practicing Christmas car- ols in early December in preparation for their visit. Since their Investiture into Girl Scouting on Dec. 4, Troop #1311 has been working on several Brownie "try-its" such as "Caring and Shar- ing," "Colors and Shapes," "Manners" and "Art to Wear," and are planning an outing tO the Lewes Fire Department. l Shown above (l-r) are Brownie Morn Ellen Bischoff, Brielle Bischoff, Brownie Dad Jeffrey McCann, Kelly Shockley, Kayleigh Vickers, Madeline McCann, Katie Holland, Mom Jeannie Holland, Maggie Robinson, Shelby Krick, Leader Laurie Krick and Angela David. Brownie co-leader Sue Krick assumed the role of photographer. Women should consult physicians before becoming pregnant to initiate a discussion about hav- ing a healthy baby, the March of Dimes has developed a checklist of questions women can ask. "These ten questions provide a starting point for a good dialogue between a woman who is thinking about having a baby and her health care provider," said Cathy Kanefsy, executive director. Questions women should ask during a pre-pregnancy check- up are as follows: I've heard that I should be tak- ing a multi-vitamin supplement containing folic acid every day, even before pregnancy. What else can I do to prepare for a healthy baby? Do I have any medical prob- lems such as an infection or high blood pressure or diabetes that should be tested or treated before I become pregnant? Should we review my current medications and discuss which over-the-counter medications I should avoid if I'm planning a pregnancy? What health history informa- tion do you need from me to coun- sel me about special risks to my own health and that of my future baby? I'm a smoker - is it important for me to quit? Should I avoid alcohol while I am planning a pregnancy and during pregnancy? Do I need to be immunized for rubella (German measles)? Should I lose/gain weight to achieve my ideal weight now? What foods should I eat to make sure I'm getting a healthy, balanced diet? Are there any particular sub- stances or chemicals I should avoid? I have a cat. How do I avoid get- ting an infection called tox0plas- mosis that may result fromhan- dling cat litter? Throughout the winter months, the March of Dimes will hold sev- eral events as part of a health edu- cation and fund-raising campaign. Funds raised through these events help support the March of Dimes programs of community service, education and advocacy in Delaware and the Upper Shore of Maryland. For more information about what women can do to have a healthy baby or about upcoming March of Dimes events, call the chapter office at (302) 737-1310. (?an/111 !3e yours... Good ea Weight An all natural, safe way to feel as good everyday as you do on your best day! Call 227-2839 for details. A Thermogenic Weight Management Program recommended by doctors & nutritionists. 100% RETAIL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE Every woman who thinks of having a child some day dreams of having a healthy baby - but it's important for her to think ahead to improve her chances, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Founda- tion Delaware/Upper Shore of Maryland Chapter saysl According to the Institute of Medicine, nearly 60 percent of pregnancies in the United States are either unplanned or mistimed. During January, the March of Dimes is observing Birth Defects Prevention Month. "This is an important time for the March of Dimes to remind women of the simple things they can do to get ready for a healthy baby and help prevent birth defects," said Barbara Graham, chairperson of the Delaware/Upper Shore ofi Mary- land March of Dimes. "The first step a woman can take on the road to a healthy baby is to have a medical check-up before getting pregnant," said Garret Colmorgan, who chairs the local March of Dimes Program Services Committee. A March of Dimes/Gallup Organization survey shows that although 95 percent of women agree it is very important for a woman who is planning to have a child to see her doctor before she is pregnant, only one in four actu- ally visits the doctor to discuss pregnancy: During a pre-pregnancy med- ical check-up, a health care provider can evaluate a woman's medical status, identify any risks to her own health and that of her future baby, and offer guidance regarding any lifestyle changes that may be advisable before preg- nancy. For a woman thinking of having a baby, any regular visit to her health care provider can serve as a pre-pregnancy check-up. For these women who aren't sure how i I