Motherhood begins before pregnancy

May 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Being a mother involves major responsibilities and love. That’s why it’s important to take steps before, during and after pregnancy.

If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, consider the following:

1. Plan your pregnancy

    --  If you have doubts about pregnancy and motherhood, the Centers for
        Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a section titled My
        Reproductive Life Plan that provides a series of tips to help you.
    --  Discuss your plans with your primary care doctor and get a referral to
        an obstetrician, gynecologist or midwife.
    --  Keep a copy of your medical history. That way any doctor will have a
        record of any health issue that may affect your pregnancy.
    --  Be sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle to contribute to your baby's

2. Take care of yourself during pregnancy

    --  Perform all the necessary prenatal tests that your doctor orders. This
        is the best way to prevent complications during and after childbirth.
    --  During the third trimester the visits to the doctor will be more
        frequent. Tell your doctor about any issues or complications related to
        your pregnancy.
    --  Choose where you want to give birth. You can have your baby in a
        traditional hospital or in a maternity clinic, or even have a home birth
        where legally allowed. Check what options are available to you under
        your health insurance.

3. After giving birth

    --  Know the benefits of breastfeeding, like health advantages for mom and
        baby, saving money, and losing weight gained during pregnancy. Breast
        milk is also easier to digest and provides your baby with your body's
        natural defenses.
    --  Be sure to rest. After giving birth, make it a point to rest so that
        your body can heal and your mind can adjust to all the changes. Limit
        the number of visitors during the first few days after childbirth. Use
        this time to strengthen the bond with your newborn.
    --  Be prepared for changes. Some women could have physical changes after
        childbirth. Your doctor can provide a safe exercise routine to get you
        back into shape.
    --  Ask your doctor how much recovery time your body needs before you can
        have intimate relations again with your partner.

To learn more about health issues, see USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov, the U.S. Government’s official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

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