Most people think that when you’re expecting, you need to “eat for two” but at Westchester Health, we want to communicate to parents-to-be that you really don’t. We heartily encourage a healthy diet but want to emphasize that any weight gain guidelines should take into consideration a woman’s pre-pregnancy BMI (Body Mass Index). To help pregnant moms know how much weight they should be gaining, we recommend this informative blog by Dennis McGroary, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN with our Obstetrics/Gynecology group (excerpted below).
Eating a healthy diet during your pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. At Westchester Health, we stress to all our expecting moms that the food they eat is their baby’s main source of nutrition. Good nutrition is crucial to meet the added demands on their body and the needs of their growing baby.
If you’re pregnant or might become pregnant, it’s critically important for you to get enough folic acid, the synthetic form of vitamin B9, also known as folate. Folic acid plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and helps prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) which are serious birth defects of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly). The neural tube is the part of the embryo where your baby’s spine and brain development begin. NTDs affect approximately 3,000 pregnancies annually in the U.S.
If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably been told by your OB/GYN that exercising during your pregnancy is a great idea, even highly recommended, for a number of reasons. At Westchester Health, we agree. Regular exercise during all three trimesters can improve health, reduce the risk of excess weight gain and back pain, and make delivery easier. It also can give your newborn a healthier start in life.
Getting pregnant again may be the last thing you want to do after having a baby and caring for a demanding newborn. But once sexual activity has resumed, we at Westchester Health advise couples that they should think about their birth control options if they want to prevent another pregnancy from occurring right away.
Here at Westchester Health, we get this question a lot from our moms who are expecting. Our answer? Yes, of course, you do need to eat extra calories for your growing baby, but it’s really not necessary to “eat for two.” In actual fact, the average pregnant woman needs only about 300 healthy calories more a day than she did before she was pregnant in order to gain the right amount of weight.
Straight or gay, a teenager or a retiree, having unprotected sex can expose you to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), some of which can seriously affect your health. Although condoms are highly effective for reducing the transmission of STDs, they (or any method of birth control except abstinence) are not 100% foolproof. At Westchester Health, we think the more informed a person is about his or her sexual health, the better choices they can make. That’s why we offer this blog so that everyone can understand the different STDs that exist and can take steps to protect themselves against them.
Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Get ready for one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life. Here at Westchester Health, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to give your newborn a healthy start. That’s why we’ve created a series of 8 prenatal talks, once a month from November 2016-June 2017.
The first prenatal talk is NEXT MONDAY, November 21st, in Mt. Kisco. Please join us!
Please come with lots of questions!
You probably have a lot of questions, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Rest assured, we have answers, as well as lots of practical advice and years of experience.
At Westchester Health, we want all of our patients and their families to be healthy, happy and strong. Yet an ongoing serious threat to public health and safety is the Zika virus, which is why we have created a very informative 27-minute video featuring Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, and Tiffany Werbin-Silver, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN with Westchester Health. They discuss the Zika virus in depth, how it is contracted, how to avoid getting it, and how to get tested for it. Dr. Alan Siegel of Health iQ is the host.