Before you get pregnant
The staff at Women's Circle are committed to helping you have the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible. If you are thinking about becoming pregnant or are planning a pregnancy, now is the perfect time to talk with the midwife to make sure you are doing all you can do to be healthy going into your pregnancy. Your partner can also take steps to ensure that he is as healthy as possible before you get pregnant too. Some important things you and the nurse-midwife will discuss at your pre-conception visit are:
- Determining if you have any health problems that could impact your pregnancy. Any health conditions you face should be well managed and under control before you become pregnant which will make the pregnancy healthier and less complicated, i.e. . diabetes, high blood pressure.
- Review your family medical history to see what, if any, diseases or genetic risk factors there are to give you the most information before you become pregnant
- Helping you quit smoking to help your baby have a healthy birth weight and strong lungs and you have a healthier pregnancy
- Reviewing prescription medications to see if they are safe in pregnancy which can help prevent serious birth defects
- Your past pregnancies and any complications that we can prevent going forward like miscarriages or pre-eclampsia
- Any history of mental health problems to make sure you are getting the help you need before you become pregnant to help you cope and manage your emotions better in pregnancy
- Exercise and nutrition to help with reaching your ideal body weight before you become pregnant
One of the most important nutritional steps you can take at least three months before you get pregnant is to take an over the counter vitamin called Folic Acid 400 mcg/day. This prevents some very serious birth defects known as neural tube defects that can occur in the brain and spinal cord.
- Avoiding alcohol, drugs and substance abuse helps your baby's brain and mind develop and form the way it is supposed to. We can connect you to area people and resources to help you with any addictions and problems with substance abuse.
Determining if there are any toxic substances at home or work and reducing your exposure will help prevent birth defects and promote healthy brain and intelligence in your baby
If you are not ready to be pregnant at this time, we will discuss all of the many available birth control options so that you can delay pregnancy until you are healthy and ready.