Health Watch - Pregnancy and Birth: Preparing Mom

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A healthy birth starts with a healthy pregnancy, and that starts with planning and preparation before pregnancy. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, you should schedule a visit with your doctor now.

Even before conception, there are things you can do to improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy and birth. Dr. Lisa Halvorson, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says good eating habits, vitamin supplements and a general health evaluation before pregnancy can help avoid some potential complications. You should visit your doctor for a physical exam and tests for diabetes, HIV, thyroid disorders and hepatitis. See if there are any vaccinations you need and review the medications you take to see if any of them might be harmful to a fetus during pregnancy. Your doctor can recommend a nutrition and exercise plan and vitamin supplements that you should start taking before you get pregnant.  


March 2011

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