There’s so much to think about when you find out you are expecting a baby. At Life’s Choices, we work with lots of pregnant mamas throughout Berks County, Pennsylvania and help them navigate all the information they get, be it from medical professionals, excited friends, experienced family members and yes, even the internet.
We know that with all of the information circulating, it can be a lot to take in. So, we’re sharing a few key points to consider when evaluating some healthy pregnancy decisions to make for you and your baby:
One of the first things we ask a pregnant woman is if she has an OB-GYN (obstetrician-gynecologist). This could be an individual doctor, certified midwife or a group that combines several of these people.
Most OB-GYNs see you about once a month at the beginning of pregnancy then more often as your pregnancy progresses (about once a week during the last month). They oversee your medical health, monitor the baby’s growth and eventually help deliver the baby. If you need help finding medical care in the Kutztown or Hamburg, Pennsylvania area, we maintain a list of providers in our office.
KNOW WHAT TO AVOID
Everything you put in your bloodstream can impact your baby’s development, so tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs are a definite “no.” You should check with your doctor about any medicines you are taking, including both prescription drugs and over-the-counter and herbal remedies as some can also cause pregnancy issues. Most pregnant women are also best off avoiding caffeine, so switch to a decaf coffee or herbal tea in the morning.
KNOW WHAT YOU NEED
Lots of water is great for hydration, and milk and juice are also good options. Folic acid, a key ingredient in prenatal vitamins, is important. So are healthy food options.
Our office has classes on “eating for two,” and we have a certified nutritionist available who can meet individually with you to help you tweak your diet while you wait to deliver.
Our office has great options for expecting parents. Classes cover topics including:
- What to avoid during pregnancy
- Watching for signs of postpartum depression
- Handling an at-risk pregnancy
- Baby’s development in the womb
- Coping with your changing body and emotions
- Preparing your nursery and home
- How to care for a newborn
- Breastfeeding support
For many pregnant women, that’s their husband or boyfriend. Others have support from parents and extended family. Friends can also be a great help.
If you’re looking for additional help, our client representatives is here for you as you learn about your baby and discover the mom you want to be. You’re going to need this kind of support to help you navigate pregnancy as well as the parenting years to come.
HERE FOR YOU
No matter where you are in your pregnancy or parenting journey, we’d be happy to see you to talk about any concerns, help you gather support and materials then celebrate with you the arrival of your baby. Remember, moms who enroll in our Baby Bundle program earn a free car seat plus diapers and other needed items.
Let us know how we can offer help and hope to you during your pregnancy!