Having a good pregnancy doesn’t have to be left to chance. Being happy, healthy and informed makes a world of difference toward ensuring both you and your baby cruise smoothly from conception to delivery. And with the help of your obstetrician or OB GYN, you’ll be prepared for any unexpected surprises that may arise.
Scheduling a pre-conception appointment with your obstetrician before you get pregnant helps you make sure you’re in the right place physically and emotionally to make the most of your pregnancy. A pre-conception appointment can include obstetrical education, information on high-risk pregnancies and even genetic screenings. If you’re thinking about having a baby, contact your Orlando OB GYN sooner rather than later to schedule your pre-conception appointment so you’re prepared right from the start.
Diet and exercise
Nutritious eating habits, routine exercise and healthy body weight promote wellness and reduce your susceptibility to disease, both of which positively affect your pregnancy. Think of it this way: the healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be.
Maintaining a balanced diet before conception will help your body meet the nutritional needs of your developing baby. It’s also a fact that women who are physically fit before becoming pregnant feel better and have more energy throughout pregnancy. At least 30 minutes of exercise several times a week helps ensure good health for the long-term.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) suggests working toward maintaining a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30, and ideally between 20 and 25. “Women who have BMIs over 30 when they conceive are at increased risk for complications during pregnancy.”
Beauty products like hair dyes and skin creams can affect your developing baby without you even knowing. To avoid any complications caused by your beauty regimen, avoid hair dyes, hair straightening chemicals and acrylic nails during your pregnancy as their fumes could prove harmful to the developing baby during the first trimester. Rubbing vitamin E on the areas affected by stretch marks helps bring your skin back to its youthful, supple appearance.
For more information on how you can prepare for a happy and healthy pregnancy, visit the Contemporary Women’s Care website or call 407-478-6249 to schedule an appointment.