Dr. Chudacoff’s Top 10 ‘To-Do’s’ for a Healthy Pregnancy
Hey everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the easy delivery method of Premama’s prenatal vitamins.
In over 20 years as an OB/GYN I have had to answer every question in the book, with respect to pregnancy. The most common question I get is always, ‘What is the best thing I can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy?’ I thought it may be best if I just share my thoughts publically so you all may know these tips and tricks as well.
Here is my list for the top 10 things a woman can do for a healthy pregnancy – before, during and after:
- Learn about what vitamins you should take while you are pregnant. At a minimum you need Folic acid and ALA/DHA continuously for three months before conception. Once you’ve conceived you have to take prenatal vitamins, there are too many benefits of prenatal vitamins to avoid them.
- Maintain good physical health, prior to, and during pregnancy. Dedicated exercise, and/or yoga-stretching before and throughout your pregnancy is very beneficial.
- Maintain good hydration, constantly.
- Eat well: Eat healthy foods that you can recognize, both what they are and where they came from, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, some fish and chicken.
- Decrease mental stress: Often physical activity can help, but remember to take time for yourself, and for your partner. It takes two to tango, but remember the twosome is just as important as the threesome, or more, to be.
- Get regular check-ups and follow your doctor’s or midwife’s recommendation. This might be your first pregnancy, but it is not theirs. Take advantage of their experience and prevent problems before they occur, or catch them early in development.
- Remember, this is YOUR pregnancy and YOU are responsible for the outcome. Your doctor or midwife is a consultant, not a magician. It is your responsibility to maintain your health. Smoking, recreational drugs, and other high risk behavior is just that, HIGH RISK to you and your growing baby.
- Ask questions: You will never live long enough to make all the mistakes in the world, so learn from others.
- You are going to be raising an adult, not a child, the baby will go ‘through’ childhood to become an adult. “It is not what you for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings” – Ann Landers
- Enjoy the baby. IMHO, it is impossible to spoil a baby under a year old; they have no long term memory. They will only be less than a year, once. ENJOY
As always, please feel free to contact me or any of the Premama staff with your questions.
Dr. Richard Chudacoff