3 Things You Should Do When You Learn You Are Pregnant

What to look for in your ob-gyn?

What is the First Thing to do When You Find Out You Are Pregnant?

You have to begin thinking about how to prepare your body so that your baby can properly grow and develop. If aren’t eating a healthy diet, now is the time to start. Here are some important pregnancy facts about your diet:

  • Make sure you have a varied diet so that you will be able to give your baby all of the nutrients he or she needs to develop.
  • Consume a minimum of three servings daily of foods rich in iron, like red meat.
  • Pregnant women need 100 mg of vitamin C daily, so be sure to include orange or grapefruit juice, broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers and Brussel sprouts in your diet.
  • Getting a minimum of 0.4 milligrams of folic acid daily will help prevent birth defects, so eat plenty of green leafy vegetables and legumes, like black beans and chick peas.
  • Eat plenty of carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, turnip greens, apricots, and cantaloupe to get the beta carotene your baby needs.
  • Eat four servings daily of eggs and milk to get the 1000-1300 milligrams of calcium your body will need.

In addition to changing the way you eat, you will need to stop smoking or drinking alcohol and avoid excessive amounts of caffeinated drinks that lead to smaller growth in babies. Your ob-gyn doctor will probably prescribe prenatal vitamins to supplement the vitamins you are getting from your diet; be sure you take them as directed.

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What Should You Do Before You Begin to Look For an OB-GYN Doctor?

The kind of health insurance coverage you have will influence your choice of an ob-gyn. The first thing to check is if your plan requires you to get a referral from your primary care physician to see an obstetrician. Next, you need to determine what your plan’s requirements are for in-network and out-of-network healthcare providers and hospitals. If your plan covers more of the expense for in-network providers and hospitals, contact your insurance carrier for a directory of in-network providers/hospitals near you.

How Do You Find an OB-GYN Doctor That’s Right For You?

If you have to choose in-network providers, start with those that are easiest for you to travel to by whatever means of transportation you will by using. Call for an appointment to speak to the doctor so you can see if you are comfortable with him/her. Remember, you are going to have to talk to your ob-gyn doctor about many intimate details of your pregnancy, so keep that in mind when you choose a doctor.

If you aren’t restricted to in-network providers, you may want to ask family and friends for recommendations. Remember however, even though your sister or girlfriend had a wonderful experience with this ob-gyn doctor, s/he may not be right for you.  Not only is the doctor important but so is the office staff.  A smiling front office receptionist and nurse who is a good teacher are big assets to pregnant women.

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