If you are finally ready to take the first step in becoming a mother, you should begin preparing mentally and physically for the journey ahead. While many pregnancies are unplanned, when you have the opportunity to prepare before you become pregnant, you can give you and your baby a healthy running start. The first step in planning your pregnancy should be a visit to your OB/GYN to learn more about how to best begin preparing for this exciting time in your life.
Topics to Discuss with Your OB/GYN
Now that you have decided it is time to explore parenthood, your OB/GYN can be your guide to planning your first pregnancy. There are many topics you may want to discuss with your doctor about what to expect, but the first is how to prepare for conception. Your OB/GYN can perform a wellness exam to ensure there are not any obvious issues that could hinder conception or health concerns that may need to be addressed before you become pregnant. You should also discuss your personal and family medical history to uncover any possible issues that could affect your health during a pregnancy. Your doctor can also discuss your ovulation cycle and when is the best time to try and conceive.
In addition to exploring your health and timing of conception, your doctor may recommend changes in your lifestyle and nutrition. Women planning to become pregnant should be aware of the importance of folic acid in preventing certain birth defects. Also, proper nutrition and abstaining from alcohol, certain substances and other lifestyle choices may be recommended.
Having an experienced OB/GYN team on your side to help plan your pregnancy can help you be prepared for your journey into motherhood. Make sure to schedule your exam as soon as you decide you are ready to start trying to become pregnant.
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Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.
699 Church Street #220
Marietta, GA 30060