If you're thinking about starting a family, a visit to your doctor is the first step. During this visit, you and your doctor can talk about your pregnancy goals and factors that affect your ability to get pregnant, such as:
- Chronic conditions
- Current medications
- Diet and exercise
- Health history
- Home and work environments
- Lifestyle factors
- Your ovulation cycle
Developing healthy habits and making sure chronic conditions are under control before you're pregnant will help you during and after your pregnancy.
As soon as you find out you're pregnant, schedule an appointment with an OB/GYN or one of our certified nurse-midwives. Receiving appropriate prenatal care throughout your pregnancy will help you deliver a healthy baby.
It's not uncommon for women to experience difficulty in getting pregnant. Should you need fertility treatment, we partner with Dan L. Gelbach, MD, at Midwest Reproductive Center.
Common Pregnancy Symptoms
If you experience any of the following early signs of pregnancy, it might be time to buy a home pregnancy test.
- Bleeding or spotting
- Darker, bumpy areolas
- Frequent need to use the bathroom
- Higher than normal body temperature
- Missed period
- Sensitivity to smell
- Tender, swollen breasts