If you are thinking of having a baby, you can take a few proactive steps to improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy. Your pre-pregnancy health is important for both you and your future baby since all your baby’s vital organs will begin to grow in the first eight weeks of pregnancy — some even before you realize you are pregnant.
A very important first step is a pre-pregnancy check-up. During this appointment, you and your physician will go over things like:
- Your personal health
- Medications you currently take
- Your mental health and stress levels
- Concerns about your pregnancy
- Vaccines you might need
- Stopping birth control
Here are other tips on how to get your body and mind ready for pregnancy:
When the time arrives to deliver your baby, you will find a warm, home-like environment with comfortable accommodations at Memorial Family Birthplace. Our team will help you welcome your little one with comprehensive labor and delivery care, online classes, breastfeeding and lactation services, as well as post-labor support groups.
And as your baby grows, you can trust the experts in pediatric specialty care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, one of the region's leading pediatric hospitals and part of Memorial Healthcare System.