Good prenatal care is essential for a healthy pregnancy and baby. After you find out that you are pregnant, schedule an appointment with your OB/Gyn. At your first appointment, your doctor will review your medical history, confirm the pregnancy, answer any questions that you may have and advise you of what to expect throughout the coming months.
Some of the guidelines that you may hear include the following:
- Take a daily prenatal vitamin.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Eat no more than two servings of seafood per week (due to mercury levels in some fish).
- Drink plenty of water (8 – 8oz. servings per day).
- Get enough sleep (8 hours per night).
- Exercise daily (with your doctor’s permission).
Following a safe pregnancy exercise routine throughout your pregnancy is also important. It’s a great way to help relieve stress and better cope with labor. However, you should always consult with you doctor before engaging in any strenuous exercise program and avoid any physical activity that could cause injury, such as skiing or horseback riding.
The following are typically considered safe exercises for pregnant women:
- Low-impact aerobics
- Bicycling on a stationary bike
It is also important to participate in childbirth preparation classes. Caring for your new baby is an unforgettable experience that can be made even better with proper knowledge and understanding. We offer a comprehensive education program at the hospital to help expectant parents as they prepare for parenthood.
For more information on pregnancy health, consult your doctor or call (314) 996-LIFE (5433) or toll-free (800) 392-0936, or email us.