Considering Pregnancy? See Your Doctor First.
A visit to your doctor before you get pregnant is the first step in
preparing for pregnancy. This appointment can help you prepare
physically and emotionally. You and your doctor can discuss your health
history, current medications, home and work environments, your weight,
lifestyle factors, diet and exercise.
Ask your doctor about
caffeine consumption. It is recommended that you eliminate or reduce
your caffeine intake to less than 300 mg per day.
- Average cup of coffee has 150 mg
- Black tea has about 80 mg
- 12-ounce soda contains 30-60 mg
- Even chocolate and some medications contain caffeine
Prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid are important to decrease
the risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect, such as spina bifida. You can buy over-the counter prenatal vitamins that has the recommended 400 micrograms of folic acid.
Eliminate alcohol consumption and quit smoking.
Eat healthy! Talk with your doctor about the consumption of fish and
limit intake of lunch meats and packaged foods. Drink plenty of water.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, schedule an appointment
with your physician. Regularly scheduled visits are crucial to make sure
the development of your baby is progressing normally. This is the time
to ask questions! No question is dumb and your healthcare provider will
be able to answer your questions, concerns and calm any anxiety.
Having a baby is a joyful experience, but it can be an anxious time. The Hospital offers classes to help answer your questions and concerns. Call 816-691-1688 for class dates, times and registration or register online. The classes are free to parents who are delivering at North Kansas City Hospital.