You’re pregnant. Congratulations!
This can be a happy and exciting time, but also stressful. There is so much to learn and think about.
There are some things that you can start doing today, and throughout your entire pregnancy, to help make certain that both you and baby are happy and healthy!
Begin prenatal care early and attend appointments as scheduled
Keep regular appoints to allow for careful monitoring of your baby’s health as well as your own. Each woman will have their own prenatal care needs. The Mayo clinic has some basic information on what you might expect during your visits during your first trimester, second trimester, and third trimester.
Follow-up on Medicaid and insurance questions early. If you have insurance or Medicaid, check with your provider to learn what care is covered and other important information. Learn more about eligibility for Medicaid coverage in Montana or learn more about coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity as directed by your doctor before becoming pregnant and during your pregnancy
Eliminate alcohol and drug use. Have all drugs approved by your doctor.
Eliminate alcohol and drug use. Make sure you tell your doctor about all of the drugs or medications you are taking to make sure they won’t harm your baby. Even legal drugs, like some prescription painkillers, can cause serious negative effects. Use of prescription opioids like Codeine and hydrocodone during pregnancy can result in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). However, there are also serious implications for both you and baby if you regularly take opioids and stop suddenly. Click here to learn more. If you are struggling to quit and want your baby to be born healthy, tell your doctor so you can get the help and support you need.
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Discuss any mood disorders with your doctor.
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, like postpartum depression, are very common and can be serious, but there is help available. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have experienced depression, or other mental health challenges in the past or if you think that pregnancy is effecting your mental health. There are safe medications to use when pregnant. For many women struggling with their mental health while pregnant, medications and counselling can help a lot. To learn more click HERE.
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