Top 10 to-dos during pregnancy
Dr. Corinne Jedynak-Bell is an OB/GYN on staff at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. Her office can be reached at (623) 936-1780.
Question: As a newly pregnant mom-to-be, what essential things should I be doing to help ensure a healthy pregnancy?
Answer: Pregnancy, especially for first-time mothers, can be a daunting and confusing experience. To simplify your life a little bit, here’s a list of 10 things women should do during pregnancy.
- Get Regular Medical Exams
The easiest and best way to avoid problems and complications during pregnancy is to get regular medical exams from your healthcare provider.
- Get the Recommended Daily Allowance of Folic Acid
Consuming the proper amount of Folic Acid (0.4 mg daily) can significantly reduce your baby's risk for spinal bifida.
- Check Your Immunity to German Measles (Rubella)
German Measles, if caught during pregnancy, can lead to miscarriages and fetal deformities. The best way to avoid this is to be vaccinated for Rubella before getting pregnant.
- Take Prenatal Vitamins
Taking special prenatal vitamins during pregnancy guarantees you and your baby are getting the essential vitamins you need.
- Eat Plenty of Protein
Adequate protein is essential for the development of the baby and may help protect against preeclampsia during pregnancy.
- Eat Well and Get Plenty of Exercise
Your diet needs to include plenty of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and so on. It’s also important to exercise regularly and monitor your weight.
- Be Sure to Get Enough Fat in Your Diet
Fat and cholesterol, which you normally try to avoid, are important for absorbing vitamins and for stretchable skin. Fat is also necessary for the developing baby brain. Two tablespoons of fat per day is recommended for pregnant women.
- Do Kegal Exercises
Strong kegal muscles can help reduce pain during and after birth, premature flexion of the baby's head, and a prolonged second stage of labor.
- Take Care When Traveling
Traveling when pregnant requires some special considerations, especially when traveling to foreign countries.
- Talk to Your Doctor about Existing Conditions and Your Family History
Let your healthcare provider know if you have any pre-existing conditions, chronic problems, or a family history of reproductive problems.