Many women already know that having a healthy pregnancy may require certain lifestyle modifications. However, it’s also important to lead a healthy lifestyle prior to becoming pregnant. The first step in achieving a healthy pregnancy is a consultation with an Ob/Gyn.
During a preconception visit with an Ob/Gyn, women typically discuss their lifestyle habits, including dietary choices, vitamins, and supplements. The physician will review the patient’s medical history. He or she will then offer recommendations on receiving vaccinations and managing health conditions that may affect pregnancy. The preconception visit with the Ob/Gyn is also a good opportunity for women to discuss their questions and concerns.
Avoiding recreational substances is essential for preparing for a healthy pregnancy. Women who smoke or use illicit substances can talk to their physician about quitting assistance. These substances have been shown to increase the risk of miscarriage, infertility, low-weight babies, and premature birth. Generally, obstetricians advise women who are not yet pregnant that they may consume up to one drink daily. However, once pregnancy has been established, avoiding alcohol entirely is essential.
During the preconception visit with the Ob/Gyn, women can learn if it’s advisable for them to either lose weight or gain weight before becoming pregnant. The physician can offer advice for achieving either goal in a healthy manner.
Good nutrition is essential for a healthy pregnancy. Women are advised to eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, along with lean protein sources, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Additionally, their obstetricians may recommend taking a folic acid supplement. Women who wish to become pregnant or are already pregnant should be cautious about the fish they consume. It’s best to avoid fish with high levels of mercury, such as swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, and shark. Instead, women can choose salmon, catfish, tilapia, and canned light tuna.
The obstetricians and gynecologists at Desert West OBGYN provide compassionate, patient-centered care, including prenatal care for normal and high-risk pregnancies. Our Ob/Gyn office also provides a full range of preventive health services. Patients in Arrowhead, Phoenix, Estrella, and Peoria may call our office at (602) 457-6459.