Local Doctor Provides Important Information for a Smooth Nine Months

April 16, 2024

Pregnancy is an extraordinary journey marked by profound physical and emotional changes. It's a time of joy, anticipation and responsibility.

Christopher Lee, DOChristopher Lee, DO, an OB/GYN with St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, offers some guidance to help expecting mothers through the months of pregnancy.

Why is staying healthy prior to pregnancy so important?

Before becoming pregnant, it's a good idea to optimize your health to ensure a smooth pregnancy journey. Consult with your doctor for preconception counseling, addressing any existing medical conditions and lifestyle factors that may affect pregnancy. Start taking prenatal vitamins containing folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the baby.

What types of food should you eat before and during pregnancy?

A well-balanced diet rich in nutrients is vital for both maternal and fetal health. Make sure you are getting enough folate, iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy products. Avoid high-mercury fish and limit caffeine intake.

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

Regular physical activity during pregnancy can improve mood, sleep and overall well-being. Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, prenatal yoga or stationary cycling are always good.

Keep your doctor’s appointments

Regular prenatal check-ups are essential for monitoring the progress of your pregnancy and addressing any concerns. You should attend all scheduled prenatal appointments and follow your doctor’s recommendations. It is also a good opportunity to discuss any symptoms or discomforts you are experiencing.

Get enough rest and sleep

Aim for adequate rest and sleep to support your body's changing needs during pregnancy. Find comfortable sleeping positions, such as lying on your side with pillows for support.

Childbirth/parenting classes

Take childbirth and parenting classes to prepare yourself for labor, delivery and newborn care. Stay informed about pregnancy-related topics through reputable sources such as books, websites and your doctor.

Remember, every pregnancy is different, so consult with your doctor for personalized guidance and support throughout this transformative experience.