Video Description: Dr. Andrea Palmer talks about pregnancy tips and the 10 things to know before becoming pregnant.
Hi I’m Dr. Andrea Palmer. I’m one of the OB Gyne’s here in Lakeside Women’s Hospital. Are you thinking about expanding your family? So, stick around because we’re about to review 10 things to know before becoming pregnant.
10 things to know before becoming pregnant.
1. Get healthy. If you smoke, stop now which is a good idea even if you’re not trying to get pregnant. You should also limit your alcohol intake; start exercising and eat a healthy balanced diet.
2. Start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid. Folic acid reduces the chance of a neural tube defect like spina bifida occurring in your baby. It’s ideal to start these actually two to three months prior to conception, so it’s okay to start even if you’re taking birth control.
3. Get to know your body. Start keeping track of your menstrual cycle so you’ll learn when you’ll ovulate. Ovulation is when an ovary releases an egg and it’s the time of the month where you can get pregnant. You can do this by keeping track of the calendar, by taking your temperature, by looking for changes in your body like cervical mucus. If you need help with this, please come in and talk with us. We’d love to help you out.
4. Are your period irregular? If they are come in and see us sooner rather than later. Irregular periods mean that you’re probably not ovulating every month and that can make getting pregnant much more difficult. So come in and see us and we’ll talk with you about it.
5. Come in and see your doctor to assess your general health. Get your blood pressure taken; get that pap smear that you’ve been putting off. And come and talk with us about any medical issues that you may have. There are certain conditions that do affect pregnancy. And pregnancy can be much smoother if things are under good control prior to conception. They include things like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid disease and seizure disorders. So come and see us especially if you have any of these concerns.
6. Look at your medication list. Some medicines are safe to take in pregnancy, but some are not. So reveal any medications that you take on a daily basis with your doctor because we may need to do some switching to get you on one that’s safe to take in pregnancy.
7. Call your mother or anyone else who can help you learn your family history. You may want to speak with a genetic counselor prior to conception if certain diseases run in your family. diseases such as cystic fibrosis; neural tube defects like spina bifida; chromosome problems like Down’s Syndrome or other inherited diseases that are important to know.
8. Know your immunization status and get up-to-date on vaccines. Know if you’re immune to viruses such as Rubella and Hepatitis B and get up to date on things like your Tetanus shot and your flu vaccine. It’s especially important to get up to date on your flu this year because pregnant women are being hit especially hard. So get vaccinated and protect yourself early.
9. Call your insurance company. You just want to double check that maternity benefits are covered under your current plan
10. The last and certainly not the least, is relax. Remember that although pregnancy can happen more quickly than you think, you’re unlikely to get pregnant the first month you start trying. Pregnancy can take up to a year to achieve, and that’s normal. So don’t sweat it if it doesn’t happen right away.
Well I hope you found these Pregnancy Tips – 10 Things to Know Before Becoming Pregnant helpful. Please call your doctor for any questions or concerns and best of luck to you from all of us here.
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