If you are reading this because you’ve just learned you are pregnant—congratulations! Now that you are expecting, you will experience a lot of changes in your body and your life over the next nine months. The team at Summit OB/GYN is here to help you navigate your physical and emotional changes and to ensure you don’t miss any important pregnancy tips from week one to delivery.
Did you know that many women who are trying to conceive do not realize they are pregnant until they are well into their second or third month of pregnancy? The tips below will help guide your first month of pregnancy as well as the months leading up to it.
Tips for a healthy first month of pregnancy
Whether you’re trying to conceive or just found out you’re expecting, these tips will help keep you and your baby-to-be healthy and happy:
- Start taking prenatal vitamins
As soon as you decide it’s time to start a family, talk to your doctor about adding a prenatal vitamin to your daily routine. Be sure to select one with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects of baby’s brain, heart and spine.
- Quit using tobacco and alcohol
Smoking, drinking and using drugs are not only harmful for you, but they can cause serious harm to a fetus. Not only do these things expose your baby to harmful chemicals, they may cause birth defects, miscarriage, preterm labor or stillbirth. Talk to your doctor if you need help quitting.
- Eat a healthy diet
It is important to maintain a healthy diet to ensure you and your baby are healthy. Try to incorporate folate and iron-rich foods, vitamin B6, fruits and dairy. Carbohydrates and non-complex (natural) sugars are also important for helping you boost your daily calories. You’ll need at least an extra 200-300 calories per day to make a healthy baby.
If you’re looking for the best pregnancy care in Gillette, Wyoming, call Summit OB/GYN at 307-682-6263. Our team of board-certified physicians is dedicated to providing you with the specialized monitoring and care you need to ensure a healthy, successful pregnancy.