If you're pregnant, you need to make sure you get proper medical care. Good prenatal care can help to ensure a good outcome for you and your baby. During your pregnancy, your obstetrician will schedule you for routine medical exams. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions at each of those appointments. If you're worried that you'll forget your questions by the time your next appointment rolls around, write them down in a journal. If you have questions that can't wait until your next appointment, don't be afraid to call the office. The receptionist can relay your questions to the obstetrician. Here are some things you should always discuss with your obstetrician.
You Want to Change Your Exercise Routine
If you're pregnant, it's a good idea to get some form of exercise every day. Exercise helps keep your muscles toned. It also helps you maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy. On top of that, exercise also helps to get your body ready for labor and delivery. However, it's important that you don't overdo the exercise during your pregnancy. If you want to change your exercise routine, talk to your obstetrician before making any changes. Your obstetrician can determine if the new exercises are safe for you to do during your pregnancy.
You're Worried About Over-the-Counter Medications
You might have taken over-the-counter medications before your pregnancy. That doesn't mean those same medications are safe for you to take during pregnancy. Many over-the-counter medications can cause problems during your pregnancy. Before you take any over-the-counter medications, talk to your obstetrician. This is important, even if you just need to take an over-the-counter pain medication for a headache. It's also important to note that you should talk to your obstetrician before taking over-the-counter vitamin supplements during your pregnancy.
You're Creating Your Birth Plan
If you're in the process of putting your birth plan together, be sure to talk to your obstetrician. Your birth plan is yours to create, but it's important to discuss plans with your doctor. This is especially important when planning for possible emergencies. Many expectant parents fail to plan for potential emergencies, such as the unexpected c-section. Your obstetrician can help you to prepare for the possibility of medical intervention during an emergency situation.
You've Experienced Odd Pregnancy Cravings
During your pregnancy, you may experience some cravings. Many expectant parents experience cravings for unusual food combinations. That's to be expected. But, if you find yourself craving non-food items such as chalk, or ice chips, talk to your doctor right away. You could be suffering from a condition known as pica.
For more information on what to expect during your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about obstetric services and other care options.Share