A healthy pregnancy and child starts first with good health prior to conception. If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, talk with your OB/GYN about how preconception planning can reduce your risk for complications and optimize wellness for you and your child during this exciting time.
What is preconception planning?
There are several steps to preconception planning. The first is physically preparing your body for pregnancy. Your OB/GYN can evaluate whether your weight, blood pressure, or other pre-existing health conditions may affect your pregnancy. They will also identify any family history of medical, which may lead to a high-risk pregnancy. Your OB/GYN will likely recommend you begin taking supplements, such as folic acid, to ensure healthy brain and spine development in your child.
Why is preconception planning important?
The nine months before birth set the course for a person’s lifelong vitality. For both your wellbeing and that of your child, it’s critical to be as healthy as possible before you become pregnant. It’s much harder to become healthy while you are pregnant than it is to change your lifestyle before conception. The lifestyle choices you make can affect your fertility and also your health during pregnancy.
How can you start your preconception planning?
Talk to your doctor about your current food and exercise regimen. If you are overweight, begin monitoring your calorie intake and start an exercise routine. Also, schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN. This visit can determine if any existing health issues should be addressed prior to conception.
Are you trying to get pregnant? The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center offers a wide range of preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum healthcare services. To learn more, please call (949) 837-4500.