Prenatal Care Clinic for Expecting Mothers

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If you have reached that special time in your life where you have become pregnant, making sure you are always up-to-date and caught up with your prenatal care is of the utmost importance. Prenatal care is the health care you receive during your pregnancy, and is administered both by your doctor and yourself. At our west Houston facility, Dr. Amaro and staff excel in the safest and greatest administered prenatal care to ensure that you and your baby are at your greatest health during your pregnancy.

Preconception Health—Taking Care of Yourself before Pregnancy:

Ideally, you should start taking care of yourself before you start trying to get pregnant. This is called preconception health. It means knowing how health conditions and risk factors could affect you or your unborn baby if you become pregnant. For example, some foods, habits, and medicines can harm your babyóeven before he or she is conceived. Some health problems also can affect pregnancy. For a full list of these substances, consult your doctor to learn what you can do to prepare your body for pregnancy before attempting.

Protecting Your Health and Your Childís while Pregnant:

There are very basic and easy ways to maintain and protect your health, thus protecting the health of your child in-utero:

  • Get prenatal care as early and as regularly as possible. Donít be afraid of visiting your physician as often as you feel is necessary. Your doctor will always check the health of your baby when you visit, and if there is ever a problem with your health or the childís, the doctor can solve it as fast as possible.
  • Ask your doctor which multivitamins you should take. It is often recommended to take multivitamins containing folic acid every day in the early stages of the pregnancy, but also to continue taking it throughout.
  • Ask your doctor before starting, and especially before stopping, any medications. Some medications are not safe during pregnancy, while stopping others could have damaging alterations in your health and the health of your fetus.
  • X-rays can be very damaging to the fetus, so when you have dental work done, be sure to inform your dentist so that extra precautions can be taken if necessary.
  • Always get a flu shot. If you are pregnant, you are very susceptible to the flu and you need to take every measure necessary to keep from jeopardizing your health and the health of your baby.
  • How often you should visit your doctor varies from woman to woman, however the older you are, the more frequently you should visit your doctor, as the older women get, the more prone to pregnancy issues they become.

In addition to medical precautions, your lifestyle choices are equally as important:

  • Donít be afraid to gain a healthy amount of weight, though be sure to talk to your doctor in the early stages about how much weight you should be looking to gain; you donít want to gain too much or too little.
  • These go without saying but do not partake in drugs, alcoholic beverages, or smoke cigarettes. Also be sure to stay away from secondhand smoke. These are all very damaging to not only you, but your fetus.
  • Donít over expose yourself to heat. This means no extremely hot baths, no hot tubs, and no saunas.
  • Always get plenty of sleep and develop relaxing hobbies and routines that help you reduce stress.
  • Wash you hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer often.
  • Go on frequent walks. Itís generally recommended to get about two-and-a-half hours of moderate aerobic and cardiovascular activity per week.
  • Stay away from chemicals such as lead, mercury, paint and paint thinners, and insecticides. Occasionally, some of these chemicals are not labeled properly in regards to pregnancy hazards, so take the safe route and steer clear of them whether they are labeled or not. This means you may have to cut back on painting and decorating that nursery, or get some helping hands while you stay away from the fumes.
  • If you have a cat, talk to your doctor about all precautions possible to stay clear of toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite found in cat feces that can cause serious birth defects if not treated immediately. If you own a cat, avoid the litter as much as possible, and if you must, wear a mask and gloves to empty it.

Always Consult your OBGYN about your Personal Prenatal Care:

All women are different, so of course all pregnancies differ greatly, though prescribing to the recommendations listed above are both safe and wise. These recommendations are for general use only. If you are in the west Houston area and would like more specific information, schedule a prenatal care visit with us today.

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