Posts Tagged ‘pre-pregnancy’

Planning a family?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Are you pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant? Do you have friends who are planning a family? Watch and share our Get Ready for Pregnancy video, with Dr. Siobhan Dolan, to learn some tips that you can follow before becoming pregnant. We want to help you have a healthy, full-term baby.


We are proud to be partners in the Show Your Love national campaign designed to improve the health of women and babies by promoting preconception health and healthcare.

Chat on genetic counseling

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Susan Klugman, MDEver wonder if genetic counseling is for you? Join us for a #pregnancychat on genetic counseling and why it’s important. Dr. Susan Klugman, Director of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center, will be our guest to answer your questions, such as: What ethnic groups are more at risk for a genetic disorder? What does a family health history entail? Which prenatal tests are right for you? and more.

Dr. Klugman is a “medical detective” who works to identify the possible genetic risk factors for many inherited diseases. She encourages couples to consider genetic testing even before they get married so they can be as informed as possible when planning their families. She serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Genetics Task Force. 

Dr. Klugman has appeared on many broadcast media outlets including ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Take this unique opportunity to learn from her and ask questions. Join us on Twitter Wednesday, March 6th at 1 PM. Don’t forget to use #pregnancychat to make sure we see your questions.

Get ready for pregnancy

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Dr. Siobhan Dolan talks with a woman about what she can do before pregnancy to have a healthy, full-term baby.

Before Pregnancy site

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

We have written about many topics related to preconception health.   You can find articles from being ready emotionally, physically, or financially, to finding a good vitamin, getting fit, signs of pregnancy, fertility treatments, pregnancy after a premature birth, etc.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) created a web page for women thinking about starting a family.  Before Pregnancy  is a page on the CDC Pregnancy site that talks about planning and preventing problems and it gives 5 tips to get ready for a healthy pregnancy.  You might want to check it out.

Quick quiz before pregnancy

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

physically-fitThs is an excting time.  You’re starting to make the move toward having a baby.  You think you’re physically ready  (you’ve got your weight in tow, stopped smoking, stopped having wine with dinner…), but how much do you really know?  Have you visited your health care provider, hit the library and book stores?  Try our short pre-pregnancy IQ quiz.  It will tell you if you have answered questions correctly and will give you the right answer if you missed one.

Does caffeine affect fertility?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

7236819_thbSmall amounts of caffeine probably don’t reduce a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant. Most studies have found no effect on fertility when women consume less than 300 mg of caffeine a day. A few studies have found that women who consume more than 300 mg a day may be more likely to have trouble conceiving. But, again, this has not been proven. If you’re trying to get pregnant it’s better for your body if you drink water, milk and fruit juice. But, the occasional cappuccino is probably just fine. You might want to ask your doctor during your pre-pregnancy check-up what he/she thinks.

Preexisting back problems

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

37471567_thbWomen with pre-existing low back problems are at higher risk for back pain, and their back pain can occur earlier in the pregnancy. Back pain is one of the most common problems for pregnant women. Nearly half of all women have it at some point during pregnancy.

Are you thinking about having a baby? Help make your experience as pleasant as possible. For all you back pain sufferers, you need to maintain an optimal level of function now in order to have the least amount of discomfort throughout your pregnancy.

Start off by having a pre-pregnancy checkup. Your doctor may recommend that you be evaluated by a physical therapist or chiropractor. To lessen some of your discomfort, be aware of your posture and exercise carefully. If you use any medication to manage your back pain ask your doctor if it’s safe to use while trying to get pregnant.

Happy lifting and bending!

New guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

pregnant-woman-on-weight-scale-shrunkIf you’re an expecting mommy or a woman trying to get pregnant, listen up. The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) released a report today with new recommendations for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy, including how much weight they should gain week by week.

The authors of the report stressed how important it was for women to get to a healthy weight BEFORE getting pregnant. That’s because women who are overweight or obese before pregnancy face greater health risks to herself and her baby during pregnancy. For women who are overweight or obese and already pregnant, the authors recommend that women, working with their health providers, carefully monitor their weight gain so that both mom and baby have a greater chance of staying healthy.

The pregnancy weight gain recommendations are as follows:

BMI* Before Pregnancy

Total Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Weight Gain Week by Week** in 2nd and 3rd Trimester

Underweight (BMI less than 18.5)

28-40 pounds

1 pound

Normal weight (BMI is 18.5-24.9)

25-35 pounds

1 pound

Overweight (BMI is 25.0-29.9)

15-25 pounds

½ pound

Obese (BMI is greater than 30.0)

11-20 pounds

½ pound

Use this calculator to find out your BMI
**  These figures assume a 1st trimester weight gain between 1-4½ pounds

Remember, all women need to make sure they eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and get their folic acid, both BEFORE and DURING pregnancy. With your health provider’s OK, most pregnant women should try to get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on most, if not all, days.

Check out ChooseMyPlate, an online tool from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It can help you plan a healthy diet based on your age, weight, height and physical activity. There’s even a special section for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

Gotta take my meds

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

I can’t believe how expensive things are now! I’m not buying any more stuff than I usually need.  But it seems every time I see the cashier scan another item, my heart races as the total price keeps going up.  I’ve tried cutting back on expenses and taking advantage of coupons and that’s helped.  But there are some things I just can’t cut back on, like prescriptions.

The Wall Street Journal had an article last week about how more people are cutting back on their prescribed medications.  Folks are either cutting pills in half or not buying them at all in order to save money.  The trouble is that if you cut back on a necessary medicine, you could really do yourself harm.  Even if you don’t see any changes immediately, your body could suffer greatly in the long run.

Some prescriptions are available in generic versions, which are much more affordable than the brand name meds.  Whenever my health provider prescribes me with a new medication, I always ask her or my pharmacist for the generic kind.  Doing so helps cut down on the cost.  I also talk to my health provider to find out what other alternatives, if any, might help me.  I’m fighting allergy season right now and in addition to my allergy meds, I’m going to try clearing my sinuses with warm salt water and maybe get a humidifier.  Of course, whenever my husband and I decide to try for a baby, I’ll have to talk with my health provider just to make sure I can still take my prescription meds during pregnancy.  But I won’t stop taking them without checking with her first.

Anyone have any other tips for dealing with prescription costs?

Image: Darren Hester, Flickr

Your cycle

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

QUICK! What was the first day of your last menstrual period? How do you calculate the number of days in your cycle? What are the approximate days when you are most fertile? Don’t panic. Here’s a refresher course just to make sure we’re all on the same page.

Most often, pregnancy occurs when an egg is fertilized within 24 hours from its release from the ovary. This is called ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs at the mid-point of the menstrual cycle — for example, on the 14th day of a 28-day cycle. Each cycle begins on the first day your period starts (don’t count from the day it ends).  Count each day up until the day before your next period begins. That will give you the number of days in your cycle. It is possible to have intercourse before ovulation and still become pregnant. This is because sperm are generally thought to live inside a woman’s reproductive system for up to three days or more. Ovulation is less easy to predict if your cycle is not regular.