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Pre-Pregnancy Checkup

Q: Do I need to see my doctor when planning a pregnancy?

A: It is really important that you see your doctor PRIOR to becoming pregnant, because there are quite a few things that you and your doctor can do to make sure that you stay healthy during your pregnancy.

  • To start taking folic acid at least few months in advance, this is important for the development of the baby's brain and the spinal cord.

  • To identify which foods are best and which foods you should avoid, especially in the first trimester when the baby's organs are developing.

  • To discuss any medicines or herbs you take and learn if you need to make any changes.

  • To quit smoking, drinking alcohol or using recreational drugs.

  • To discuss whether you may be exposed to any harmful substances in your home or work.

  • To make sure that you are up-to-date on your vaccines.

  • To reach a healthy weight prior to conception.

  • To address mental health and social issues, if needed.

  • To understand the risks to you and your baby if:
    • You have any undiagnosed, untreated or poorly controlled medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure etc.
    • There are diseases that run in your family or your partner's family.

The list of issues to consider when planning a pregnancy continues to grow with advancing medical care. This is why it's important to have your pre-pregnancy check-up with your doctor.

Anandhi Nadarajah, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Newton Medical Center.

Newton Medical Center Foundation

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-579-8309

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121