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    How to Get Your Body Ready for a Healthy Pregnancy

    Last updated 4 days ago

    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.

    Preconception Appointment

    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.

    Recreational Substances

    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.

    Weight Management

    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.

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    What You Need to Know About the Lila Body Contouring Procedure

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Lila Body Contouring is an FDA-approved device that causes the body’s cells to release fat, allowing it to be expelled from the body. This results in a noticeable reduction of fat deposits in the targeted areas. Some of the areas that are commonly treated include the stomach, hips, back, arms, buttocks, and thighs.

    This video explains the steps of the Lila Body Contouring procedure. The Lila technician explains how a patient is first measured and weighed when she arrives at the Ob/Gyn office. Then, she’ll lie on a bed and the laser system is placed across the target area.

    Desert West OBGYN is pleased to offer Lila Body Contouring to patients throughout the Arrowhead, Glendale, and Estrella areas. Our Ob/Gyn office may be reached at (602) 644-4850.

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