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Talk to Your Doctor Before Pregnancy

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Patrick McIntyre, MD
Patrick McIntyre, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Seeing your doctor before pregnancy is the first step you can take to answer this question. “You may have a condition that could affect your health and the health of your baby,” McIntyre says. “By addressing the issue early, your doctor can help you minimize any risk you may have.” As a starting point, your doctor will want to talk with you about these six things that will help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible:

Medical history – Getting health problems under control before pregnancy reduces the risk for complications, birth defects and pregnancy loss. Your doctor also will talk with you about any medication you’re taking and if it is safe to continue to do so.

Weight – Being overweight during pregnancy can cause high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems. Being underweight may increase the risk for delivering a low-birth-weight baby. Your doctor can provide advice to help you achieve a healthy weight.

Lifestyle – Smoking, drinking alcohol and using recreational drugs significantly increases health risks for you and your baby. Your doctor can help you get the support you need to quit these behaviors.

Diet – Eating healthy during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. Your doctor can educate you about the foods that provide the nutrients you both need

Exercise – Not only is it safe to exercise during pregnancy, it’s good for you and your baby. Plus it may lead to shorter labor.

Age – Although most healthy women who get pregnant after age 35 have healthy pregnancies, having a baby later in life does have its risks. Your doctor can provide the counseling and care you need to maximize your health.