5 Steps to Promote a Healthy Pregnancy

(Originally Posted on Sep 25, 2015)

When you know you have some of the risk factors for a difficult pregnancy, you may be left with the feeling of what to do. High-risk pregnancies are not uncommon, however, should be treated with extra care. Some of the risk factors include being over the age of 35, lifestyle choices such as smoking, and preexisting conditions like diabetes. There can also be complications during the pregnancy that can cause it to be high-risk. However, don’t stress your body out while dwelling on the situation. Here are 5 steps you can take to promote a healthy pregnancy.  

#1: Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating healthy foods and exercise into your day, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and being mindful of your body are all best practices to a healthy pregnancy. Also, pay attention to your sleeping habits and make sure you are getting plenty of shut-eye. It’s important that you take these actions before you get pregnant. Your body should already be in a healthy state when you become pregnant, so you can have a smaller chance for pregnancy risks.

#2: Have a diet plan for when you get pregnant. What you eat during your pregnancy can have an impact on the amount of weight you gain and how healthy your body stays throughout the changes it is going to be part of. Talk to your doctor about how much weight you should be gaining during your pregnancy, and what foods you should have in your diet and what you should avoid. When you trying to avoid a high-risk pregnancy, knowledge about what you should eat while pregnant will be a very important to factor in your daily routine.

#3: Steer clear of stressful situations. We know it is difficult to be stress-free with everything that goes on in our daily lives. However, if you have a plan in place to keep stress as far from you as possible, it will help your body focus on what it should, and not on the pressures you are mentally going through. You can practice medication, seek counseling, keep a journal, and avoid stress when you see it coming. Also, talk to your family and co-workers about helping with stressful points in your day. You might be surprised how much they will be able to help you.

#5: Consult your gynecologist. Even if you aren’t pregnant yet, but want to become pregnant, you need to consult your gynecologist. They will be able to provide you with the best advice and guidance when it comes to properly treating your body during this time. If you require assisted reproductive technology, then your doctor will be able to help you find the right solutions and recommend the best course of action.

Palm Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology can help answer any questions you have about high-risk pregnancies, how to prevent them, and the next steps to take if they do occur. Our locations in Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach offer services for women and their pregnancy needs. Contact us today at 561-434-0111.

Dr. Sylvia Siegfried

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