At Westchester Health, we want you to know that we care about you and will support whatever choices you make regarding your pregnancy. With no judgments, we’ll help you work through the pros and cons of each option. Whatever action you decide to take, we’re here for you with information, advice, referrals and prenatal healthcare. For some important information regarding your choices, we recommend this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
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.
Pregnancy can be an anxious time for many parents, especially if they’re having their first baby. Now, thanks to recent improvements and breakthroughs in science and technology, parents and doctors alike can breathe a little easier, says a recent Record-Review article featuring Navid Mootabar, MD, FACOG, chairman of the department of gynecology and obstetrics at Northern Westchester Hospital of Mount Kisco and an OB/GYN with Westchester Health.