Preconception Counseling/Family Planning
Planning for your pregnancy before you conceive will help you make healthy choices for you and your baby. Caring for your health before you become pregnant will help you learn about any risk factors and treat any medical problems that you may have before you become pregnant.
Generally, we recommend a healthy weight, quitting smoking or drinking, not taking any medication that could be harmful to the pregnancy or baby, updating your immunizations, taking recommended prenatal vitamins, and avoiding stress. During pregnancy, women can continue to exercise. Regular exercise (at least three times per week) is preferred over intermittent activity (altering between periods of being active and inactive). Also, a good diet consisting of healthy food is very important. Good nutrition during pregnancy is needed for your baby to grow and develop.
If you are considering an upcoming pregnancy, you should schedule an appointment to discuss your desires and review your health status so we can help you be the healthiest you can be.