4 Questions to Ask if You Expect to be Expecting
We've got the health tips you need as you start (or expand) your family
BY JENN FISHER
There are few decisions in life that have as incredible an impact as the moment you decide you want to have a baby. Once you make that decision, your mom gene kicks in – Where should I get my prenatal care? Who should deliver my baby? When should I start prenatal vitamins?
Fortunately, you have access to the region’s most experienced leader in pregnancy care and childbirth – Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). We know that women prefer LVHN for their pregnancy and delivery care because every year we deliver more than 7,000 babies at our hospitals – far exceeding any other nearby health systems. And still, we provide personalized care for each woman and her family, helping create beautiful memories for every child’s birth because our teams go the extra mile for you. By partnering with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology you have access to:
- Multiple Lehigh Valley Health Network delivery locations including Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg
- Region’s highest level 4 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
- One of Pennsylvania’s largest maternal fetal medicine practices for high-risk moms
- Access to Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the community
Our obstetricians, midwives, registered nurses and advanced practice clinicians are a bit like a “mom squad” for you, but with medical degrees and extensive experience to take excellent care of you and your baby. Our team will celebrate your pregnancy, help you stay healthy throughout, and be there for every milestone leading up to your baby’s birth. And when you’re just beginning to think about starting a family, they have developed an informative Motherhood Partners guide with frequently asked questions.
Here's a sampling of some questions and answers to help you on your pregnancy journey:
When should I tell someone I'm trying?
As soon as you begin to think about having children you should discuss this with your obstetrician, midwife or primary health care provider. If you have a chronic medical condition or use a medication to treat a chronic condition, you should ideally speak with a physician before becoming pregnant, or if not before, as soon as you know.
Choosing to tell others is your preference. Some people do not tell anyone that they are trying to become pregnant because this is a personal decision.
How will my preexisting health conditions affect my fertility?
If you have a preexisting medical condition, you and your obstetrician should discuss how your medical condition or its treatment may affect your fertility. Should your condition affect fertility, your obstetrician can guide you in further care.
What should I look for in an obstetrics provider?
At LVHN, you have many provider options for your prenatal care and birth experience. You can select an obstetrician or a midwife. In the office, you also can be seen by nurse practitioners and physician assistants. For uncomplicated pregnancies, LVHN offers both physician and midwifery delivery options.
How is my due date determined?
Your due date is based on the first day of your last period, and it is determined or confirmed by your first ultrasound.
Read the rest of the guide
For more information and FAQs, download your free Motherhood Partners informational guide at LVHN.org/motherhood.