The caring providers at UPMC Magee-Womens in Central Pa. understand the importance of having a healthy pregnancy. Our specialists will answer your questions, provide guidance and help you achieve your goal of having a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
From preconception to postpartum care, we will prioritize the well-being of you and your baby by helping you live a healthy lifestyle.
Your first priority when you are pregnant and your first parenting task is to take good care of yourself. By caring for yourself, you are also helping your baby get a healthy start. Your physician will recommend several healthy practices to follow during your pregnancy, including:
- Eating a balanced diet of healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meats
- Limiting caffeine and junk food
- Exercising regularly to prevent excess weight gain and to keep you fit (providing that exercise is safe for you and your baby)
- Avoiding smoking, alcohol and drugs
- Keeping all prenatal care appointments
Quality prenatal care is essential to a healthy pregnancy. You will need to visit your physician at least monthly, more often if complications arise, to make sure that you are in good health and that your baby is developing properly. Your physician will perform a variety of routine tests at your prenatal care appointments and will also measure your:
- Blood pressure
- Urine protein level
- Uterus size
You will have several ultrasounds during your pregnancy to check on your baby's development. Your physician will also use a special device called a fetal Doppler to listen to your baby's heartbeat.
If you are older than 35 or have a high-risk pregnancy, your physician may recommend additional tests to ensure the health and safety of you and your baby.
Pregnancy is a time of great change as your body makes room for your baby and prepares to give birth. You will experience significant physical changes during pregnancy, which may include:
- Weight gain
- Swelling, especially in your feet and ankles
- Skin changes, such as redness, dark spots or increased sensitivity to sunlight
- Digestive issues, such as constipation or heartburn
- Nausea or morning sickness
- Mild aches and pains
You should discuss any uncomfortable symptoms with your physician. In addition to helping you minimize your discomfort, your physician will help you understand the difference between normal symptoms and those that may require medical attention.
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