Take steps for a healthy pregnancy
Our Round Rock obgyns educate women about ways they can achieve a healthy pregnancy. The first and most important step is to start receiving regular prenatal care as soon as you think you are pregnant. Our physicians will work with you to establish a healthy routine for you and your baby from early pregnancy through labor and delivery.
A healthy pregnancy requires a nutritious diet, vitamins and folic acid
What you eat nourishes your baby, so it’s important to eat a balanced diet. For a healthy pregnancy, you should eat lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, dairy and/or products containing calcium, healthy fats and whole grains. You also need to drink plenty of fluids and limit your caffeine consumption.
In addition to a healthy diet, you need to take a prenatal vitamin and at least 800 micrograms of folic acid daily. Folic acid is especially important during the early weeks of pregnancy because it reduces the risk of neural tube defects in your baby.
The benefits of appropriate physical activity
Physical activity contributes to a healthy pregnancy by providing several benefits.
- Lessens back pain
- Decreases the risk of developing high-risk pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes
- Helps ease constipation
- Helps women gain weight at a healthy rate
You should discuss how much activity you need with our Round Rock obgyns. Most women benefit from 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Good choices for moderate activity include swimming, walking and riding a stationary bike.
Maintaining a healthy weight decreases health risks
For a healthy pregnancy, you should gain an appropriate amount of weight, based on your weight when you become pregnant. The National Institute for Health and Human Development recommends the following weight gains for women carrying one baby.
- Underweight women with a BMI of less than 18.5 should gain 28 to 40 pounds.
- Average weight women with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 should gain 25 to 35 pounds.
- Overweight women with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 should gain 15 to 25 pounds.
- Obese women with a BMI over 30 should gain 11 to 20 pounds.
Maintaining a desirable weight as part of a healthy pregnancy decreases your risk of developing certain high-risk conditions, including gestational diabetes and preterm birth.
Avoid unhealthy and toxic substances
Our Round Rock obgyns advise women not to drink alcohol, smoke or use recreational drugs. In addition, it’s critical to avoid toxic substances during pregnancy, including pesticides, chemicals and exposure to radiation.
A healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery is our goal
Helping you have a healthy pregnancy is the goal of every member of our staff. Mothers and babies benefit from prenatal care, professional advice and expertise. For advice and compassionate care, contact us.