The topic today in Neighborhood Health Watch is preparing for pregnancy and making sure you get the proper care.
A large part of that is addressing your health before and during pregnancy, and choosing your physician and a hospital. Having a baby is a big decision, whether it's your first or fifth.
There are issues that should be discussed beforehand, and certainly that includes any possible health concerns.
Dr. Stephen Pound, with Johnston Willis Hospital, says healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle include drinking water, eating meats and vegetables and being active. He also dispelled some myths today about pregnancy.
"You can reach above your head. You can dye your hair. You can jump. You can exercise. In fact, we encourage exercise during pregnancy," said Dr. Pound. "Hopefully, you've established a relationship with someone through your annual care and someone you feel comfortable with. I tell patients that all the time. Obviously, I'm partial to Johnston Willis. It's a great hospital, and it's an important choice to feel comfortable there but you want to find a doctor that you have a good relationship with and that you can trust."
If you have medical conditions - such as seizure disorders, depression, anxiety, or hypertension - those conditions should be discussed with your doctor.
Ideally, Dr. Pound says, women should begin nutritional changes beforehand and get into a good routine. So, If you are struggling to become pregnant or struggling with weight, Dr. Pound recommends joining a weight loss program like weight watchers or download the Fitness Pal free application, which he says can give you a daily guide to getting your weight under control.