Thinking about getting pregnant?
Planning for a pregnancy is an exciting time – and you want to give your baby a great head-start.
Getting your health in check up to a year prior to trying to get pregnant can influence your well being and your baby’s health. Our practitioners are available to meet with you to discuss preconception planning and how to maximize your health and plan for the future during this important time. Topics to consider include…
- Birth control
- Medical problems/concerns
- Family histories
- Medications and vitamins
- Diet, weight, exercise,
- Alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine
- Environmental concerns
- Vaccinations (Access resources from the CDC including vaccination information for women who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, as well as a general vaccination schedule for specific non-pregnant age groups).
Access an in-depth discussion of pre-conception planning, published by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Aside from the medical approach to pre-conception planning, considering lifestyle changes is also important.
- Be open with your partner about your expectations, fears, etc.
- Think about how you will handle childcare arrangements once the baby is born.
- Determine if you need to make adjustments to your finances to prepare for a child.
- Look into your employer’s policy on medical leave and find out if disability benefits are available to you.
- Discuss your anticipations for parenthood.
- Most of all, enjoy this amazing time!