6 Tips to Prevent Having a High-Risk Pregnancy

Even with modern medicine, pregnancy and childbirth still come with inherent risks, many of them out of your control. But there are just as many that are within your control. 

Here at Park Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. David Chishom and our team want to help you identify potential warning signs of a high-risk pregnancy and prevent them from affecting you and your baby. Take a closer look at six practical ways you can avoid a high-risk pregnancy. 

1. Make friends with your OB/GYN

We believe that it’s never too early to talk with Dr. Chisholm about conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. We recommend scheduling your first pregnancy consultation seven weeks following the first day of your last period. 

During your appointments, Dr. Chisholm discusses your health history, any previous pregnancies you’ve had, and your existing health. He then creates a customized prenatal plan. 

We can help you identify and manage the potential trouble areas of your health early in your conception and pregnancy.

2. Mind your health and wellness

Pregnancy puts stress on your body. So if you have preexisting conditions, get them under control before you conceive. 

We may recommend medication management strategies or lifestyle modifications, like dietary changes, starting a regular exercise program, or reducing your overall stress levels to help you manage your health conditions. 

3. Don’t neglect prenatal care

Prenatal care doesn’t start when you can see your baby bump growing, and it doesn't even start at the moment you conceive. It starts long before you actually become pregnant. 

We recommend that you start taking a prenatal vitamin a few months before you plan to conceive or at least as soon as you realize you’re pregnant.  

Once you’re pregnant, rely on prenatal care appointments to monitor your health and the health of your baby. 

Regular prenatal care allows us to monitor for abnormal fetal development, screen your health for any issues, look for signs of concern before they become a serious issue, and recommend any necessary therapies. 

Expect to see us once every 4-6 weeks through your first 28 weeks of pregnancy, then every 2-3 weeks through week 36. After that, you can plan on weekly visits until your baby arrives. 

4. Start a healthy diet

To support a healthy pregnancy and growing baby, follow a healthy diet. Your pregnancy diet should include extra protein, calcium, iron, and folic acid. This includes eating a variety of foods throughout each day, including fruits, vegetables, breads, grains, and lean proteins. 

We work closely with you to ensure you’re meeting all dietary needs required for a thriving pregnancy.

5. Pay attention to pregnancy weight gain

Weight gain during pregnancy is normal and necessary. But you should gain only the optimal amount of weight while you’re pregnant. This is important for your health and your baby’s health, and may make it easier to lose the excess weight after you deliver. 

During your prenatal appointments, we monitor your pregnancy closely so you only gain the necessary amount of weight based on your individual needs.

6. Kick bad habits

To have the healthiest pregnancy possible, avoid any substances that put your baby at risk. That means quit smoking and avoid alcohol and illegal drugs. And discuss with us any medications or supplements that you take to ensure they’re safe to consume while pregnant.

Are you concerned that you might have a high-risk pregnancy? Don’t hesitate to call us today at our Glendale, Arizona, office.

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