Every pregnancy is different – whether this is your first or fifth child. You want your pregnancy to go smoothly. Of course, there’s no way to guarantee your pregnancy will be without risk, but there are steps you can take to keep you and baby out of harm’s way.
At Signature Women’s Healthcare, we offer extensive experience helping women navigate their pregnancies successfully. Knowing that pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and rewarding journeys a woman will ever take, we do everything in our power to help women enjoy this time without having the added worry of a high-risk pregnancy.
Here are five tips to help you start your pregnancy off right, whether you’re already pregnant or planning on trying to become pregnant soon. These can help you avoid falling into the high-risk category.
1. Take control of your health
When you’re going to be growing a baby for nine months, you want to make sure you’re as healthy as possible to do so.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition that can potentially affect your pregnancy, it’s important that you do everything you can before you conceive to make sure your condition is under control. For example, if you have lupus or diabetes, your first order of business is to sit down with our team and come up with a plan to ensure that your condition is properly managed. You may need to involve your specialists in your decision to get pregnant, too.
There are many other conditions that can affect your pregnancy, including high blood pressure and obesity. Doing all you can to get these health issues under control before pregnancy helps keep you out of the high-risk category.
2. Revise your habits
Smoking, excessive drinking, and illicit drug use are habits that can seriously affect your pregnancy. These lifestyle choices can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, and birth defects in your child and should be taken very seriously. We’re more than happy to help you kick these habits. We want you to enter your pregnancy without the extra burden of these dangerous habits.
3. Take note of past experiences
If this isn’t your first pregnancy, you have the benefit of experience on your side. If you had complications during previous pregnancies that led to miscarriages or premature deliveries, you should make sure that you and our doctors have a plan in place to avoid these same problems during a new pregnancy. Complications aren’t always controllable, but a plan can help them from becoming too serious.
4. Adopt a healthy lifestyle
It’s a good idea to start following a healthy diet and moderate exercise plan before you get pregnant. A diet rich in whole grains, leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, lean protein, and low-fat dairy supports a healthy body ready for pregnancy.
If you’re carrying extra weight, a good weight loss program before you get pregnant will help keep your pregnancy out of the high-risk group.
We at Signature Women’s Healthcare can work with you to add more physical activity to your day, so you improve your health and your body is able to sustain the rigors of pregnancy and delivery. A simple walk most days of the week for 30 minutes or longer is enough to sustain good health in most women.
5. Keep up with prenatal care
You may start out with a normal, healthy pregnancy, only to fall into the high-risk category in later trimesters. Stick closely to your prenatal schedule so that we monitor you throughout the pregnancy timeline. If any problems do develop, they can be caught early, before they become major medical issues.
While pregnancy is a time of surprises and rapid change, you can still do a lot to ensure it’s a safe, healthy, and enjoyable experience. At Signature Women’s Healthcare, we want to help you have the healthiest pregnancy and delivery possible. Call us today or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.