If you’re pregnant – or want to become pregnant – regular medical care is crucial.
When planning your pregnancy, be sure to see your physician for preconceptual counseling. “Meet with your physician prior to conception to review your family history, medical history and medications that could potentially impact pregnancy,” says Kimberly K. Roos, MD, FACOG, obstetrician/gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center.
After getting pregnant, you should continue to see your physician to monitor your baby’s growth and identify any potential pregnancy complications (e.g., elevated blood pressure, diabetes, fetal growth problems).
To further promote a healthy pregnancy, Roos tells expectant mothers to:
- Take folic acid supplements
- Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet
- Exercise and live a healthy lifestyle
- Drink plenty of water
- Get plenty of rest
- Reduce caffeine consumption
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol