Just Found Out You’re Expecting? What You Need to Do

Obstetrics & Prenatal Care  Phoenix, AZ If you just found out that you’re expecting, then congratulations! This is such an exciting time and is definitely worth celebrating. And even though you may be envisioning your future nursery and holding a new baby in your arms, there are some critical things that you can do during your first trimester.

Take Folic Acid

It is recommended that you start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid both before and during your pregnancy to help prevent birth defects such as brain or spinal cord conditions. Make sure to take this right away.

Take a Prenatal

If you haven’t already started taking a prenatal vitamin, then make sure that you get one right away. Prenatal vitamins contain all of the vitamins and minerals needed to support a healthy, growing baby. If you have noticed that your prenatal vitamin makes your morning sickness worse, try taking it at night before you go to bed and see if that helps.

Schedule An Appointment

When you find out that you are pregnant, make sure to call our Camelback Women’s Health office and schedule your first appointment. During your first appointment, we will typically perform a pap smear, cervical exam, conduct blood work, and do an ultrasound. Additionally, we will go over your medical history and answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

Quit Smoking and Drinking

Both tobacco and alcohol use during pregnancy is an absolute no-no. If you need help quitting either of these substances, contact our office right away and we can give you some resources.

Congratulations on your new pregnancy! Are you ready to schedule your first appointment? Contact our Paradise Valley or Biltmore office today and give us a call at 602-468-3912.

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