Prenatal Health Tips for Women’s Health Week
Prenatal care is essential for the good health of mother and baby alike. In the maternity department of West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we provide childbirth and baby care classes to help moms-to-be understand how to care for themselves and their growing babies. In honor of Women’s Health Week, which runs from May 10 to 16, here are some prenatal care tips to protect moms and babies.
Establish Prenatal Care
As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, it’s important to establish prenatal care with an obstetrician. The earlier you get prenatal care, the healthier your pregnancy will be. Your doctor will help you stay well throughout your pregnancy by tracking your baby’s development, your weight gain, and your overall health. The doctor will also screen you for complications that may need special treatment during your pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes.
Take a Prenatal Vitamin
Prenatal vitamins are designed to help pregnant mothers meet their unique nutritional needs. Look for a vitamin with 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid. Be sure to start these vitamins early in the pregnancy, as folic acid is essential for the early development of the baby. Take these vitamins throughout your pregnancy. Some women find that prenatal vitamins make them queasy, especially early in the pregnancy, so talk to your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Avoid Smoking and Drinking
Remember that when you’re pregnant, your baby is exposed to everything that goes into your body. Smoking and drinking can cause long-term complications for your baby. There is no safe amount of tobacco or alcohol for your baby, so avoid these substances completely. Talk to your doctor if you are struggling to quit.
Choose the maternity team at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center for your growing family. We offer large birthing suites, postpartum care , and a NICU for emergencies. For a referral to one of our maternity physicians or answers to your questions about our other services, including emergency care, cancer care, and spine care, call (818) 676-4000.