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Steps to Take When You That Learn You're Pregnant

Finding out you’re pregnant is a joyous occasion, but once the initial excitement wears off, you may find yourself wondering what exactly to do next. If you haven’t done so already, make an appointment with your women’s services physician to confirm your pregnancy and find out your due date. After taking that first big step, here is a look at what to do next.

Establish maternity care

Most women will use their regular women’s services physician for their maternity care, but if yours does not offer obstetrics services, then you will need a referral to a physician.

Once you have chosen your specialist, establish a plan for prenatal care. This can include starting prenatal vitamins and determining how often you should see your physician. In the early stages of your pregnancy, you may only see your physician once per week, and then your visits will increase to weekly at the end of the pregnancy. However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may need to see your physician more often.

Learn about eating for two

You need more calories to sustain both you and your baby, but that doesn’t mean you eat twice as many calories as you did before the pregnancy. Generally, most women should have about 300 extra calories per day of nutritious foods, such as proteins and healthy, whole-grain carbohydrates. Empty calories from high sugar and high fat foods don’t provide your baby with any nutrients and can contribute to excessive weight gain.

Your physician will set a target weight gain for you, based on your pre-pregnancy weight, and advise you about foods to avoid during pregnancy, such as raw fish and unpasteurized diary.

Decide where to have your baby

Schedule a visit to the maternity unit of the hospital where you plan to have your baby. See the labor and delivery rooms, and find out what kind of services they provide. You should also work on a birth plan with your physician and the maternity team to ensure your wishes for things like pain relief are understood and can be accommodated.

Find out for yourself why women across the area choose Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for their maternity care in the Treasure Coast. Schedule a tour of our maternity department, or call (800) 382-3522 to find out more about our comprehensive women and children’s services.

Categories: Pregnant, Toddler, Prgenancy

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