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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

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860