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Tip #1: Prior to getting pregnant, make sure all pre-existing medical conditions are in the best condition they can be. Many women have issues with hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disease and inflammatory bowel conditions, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Visit with a physician to make sure these conditions are at their best and adjust any medications that may not be compatible with pregnancy.
Tip #2: Take a daily vitamin that contains folic acid. This reduces the risk on neural tube defects.
Tip #3: Maintain a healthy diet. Visit with your doctor to learn what foods you should add to your daily routine and which ones you should avoid.
Tip #4: Be honest with your doctor. We are not judgmental. We want to provide you with good care to ensure the best outcome for you and your baby. To do this to the best of our ability, we need accurate and honest information.
Tip #5: Stay active. Regular exercise has been shown to improve pregnancy. Be comfortable with your weight and physical activity level.
Tip #6: Be mentally strong. Pregnancy can be tiring and uncomfortable, but it’s worth it. Try to maintain a positive attitude and keep an eye on the prize.
Tip #7: Ask questions and get information. Sharing concerns with your doctor will help relieve stress.
Tip #8: Decide on a doctor for your baby. Picking a doctor prior to delivery will allow you to meet and ask questions.
Tip #9: Get early prenatal care. Most doctors like to start prenatal care between eight to 12 weeks. Early prenatal care is important to address any pre-existing medical conditions that may be present. It is also important to get a sonogram early if there is a question of how far along you are.
Tip #10: Get consistent prenatal care. Much of the testing and evaluations that occur during pregnancy have to be done at specific times and consistent prenatal care ensures you are there when these tests need to be performed.
Remember that pregnancy is a happy time for most women! Although problems can arise, most can be diagnosed and addressed to ensure a healthy outcome.
This blog post was written to serve as guidance on maintaining a healthy pregnancy and should not be taken as concrete medical advice, nor do the views above reflect the views of Heartland Women’s Group or HCA. As with any medical questions or concerns, please make an appointment with your physician to discuss your own personal situation and treatment options.
Dr. James Whiddon is an obstetrician and gynecologist with Heartland Women’s Group. Aside from infertility, Dr. Whiddon specializes in high-risk obstetrics, gynecological cancer prevention and minimally invasive surgery, including hysteroscopy, laparoscopy and DaVinci® robotic surgery.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children on family trips, at the lake as well as golfing. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 316.858.7100 or visit www.heartlandwomensgroup.com.