So, a pregnancy test has confirmed your suspicions. You’re pregnant for the first time and want to do everything you can to make sure that you and your baby remain healthy. What steps do you take to protect your mental and physical health? How often will you need to see your OBGYN?

It all depends on whether you are what Dr. Ahmadinia considers ‘high-risk.’ If you are younger or older than the average pregnant woman, have existing medical conditions, and are underweight or overweight, your risk for complications increases. You’ll be asked to see your OBGYN more often than women who don’t fall into the categories mentioned above.

Here are some of the things pregnant women do to stay healthy:

  • They take a prenatal vitamin. Folate prevents birth defects such as spina bifida. Make it a point to take the prenatal vitamins provided to you by your OBGYN right away. That way, your baby gets the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow and develop healthily.
  • They continue to exercise. Make it a point to work up a sweat daily even if it only means that you’ve taken a walk around the block or done some cleaning around the house. Exercise helps strengthen your heart and prevents you from gaining too much weight which could make delivering your child difficult. Pick a new type of exercise daily if you like to switch things up because there are plenty of forms of physical activity you can engage in easily.
  • They don’t drink or smoke. If you consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes, now is the time to quit. Your baby’s health depends on it! If you’re finding it difficult to do on your own, seek resources that help you give up alcohol and cigarettes. Your OBGYN can point you in the right direction.
  • They make conscientious choices about what they consume. Pregnant women know that what they choose to do will have an effect on their babies. That’s why they make decisions for two people, not just one. They’re careful about the things they partake in and the choices they make while carrying their child.

Each woman’s body and experiences differ which is why it’s important to customize your healthcare plan as you see fit. You’ll want to do things that lower your risk for complications during pregnancy and delivery while choosing habits and activities that increase your mental and physical health. If you still have questions after reading this article and don’t know where to begin in your journey, contact OBGYN High Desert to set up an appointment with Dr. Ahmadinia right away. He’ll provide you with the answers that you require as a mother-to-be who wants to keep her body and baby safe from harm, illness, and disease.