Diet is the key to a healthy pregnancy. In addition to regular gynecological exams, your OBGYN will recommend eating a varied diet and taking supplements so that your baby will grow to be healthy and strong. There are certain vitamins you’ll need to take throughout your pregnancy, so it’s good to be aware of them right away.
Some vitamins that you need for a healthy pregnancy include:
- Folic Acid. It helps prevent neural tube birth defects. This is what affects the baby’s brain and spinal cord. Neural tube birth defects and congenital disabilities happen in the first 28 days after conception when many women have no idea that they’re pregnant. That’s why Dr. Ahmadinia gives his patients a prenatal vitamin to take upon learning that they are pregnant.
- Calcium. It helps women from losing bone density while pregnant. It also helps the baby’s bones grow and develop.
- Iodine. It helps women’s thyroid function. Iodine deficiency causes all sorts of physical problems and mental disabilities. It may even cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
- Iron. It helps the blood carry oxygen in both the mother and the baby. Lack of iron can cause anemia and fatigue.
Make sure to eat a healthy diet and supplement it with the vitamins and nutrients that you’ve missed. This will give your infant what it needs to grow up big and strong once he or she is born. For more information about nutrition and pregnancy, make sure to contact OBGYN High Desert for advice.
Staying Healthy Through Pregnancies
If you think you might be pregnant, Dr. Ahmadinia can confirm this for you through a urine-based pregnancy test. He’ll then have you start taking your prenatal vitamins right away. He’ll also let you know when he wants to see you again to monitor your fetus and make sure that it is healthy and strong, like you.
OBGYN High Desert offers a variety of services to meet your needs. For example, when the time is right, you can request a 3D or 4D ultrasound. This allows you to see your infant up close and personal.
It’s a great way to monitor the baby’s development and see how he or she looks at different stages of the pregnancy. Sharing photographs from the ultrasound with friends and family is fun. They’ll be happy to see your child before he or she is born, too.