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7 Questions to Ask Your OBGYN When You Find Out You’re Expecting

When you find out you’re pregnant, you may face many emotions. To soothe thoughts that cross your mind, you can come up with questions to ask your OBGYN when you find out you’re expecting.

As you watch your body change and grow, more questions may arise, but there will be other appointments to cover the next set. Here are common questions to ask when you’re expecting to get started.

Are There Changes I Should Make to My Diet? You may be wondering if there are any changes to make to your diet. There are some things you’ll have to cut out some foods you love for the next nine months. But the changes you will likely make are more so including nutrition in your diet. Adding in a variety of food like lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats can all be beneficial.

If you love coffee or sushi, you will likely need to give it up for the time being. Some seafood is high in mercury which can lead to damaging the nervous system or your baby. While the effects of caffeine and coffee are unclear, there may be health risks from too much. It is essential to discuss with your healthcare provider what diet is best for you.

1. How Much Weight Should I Gain?

Healthy weight gain depends on your BMI before you are pregnant. Women tend to gain between 25 and 35 pounds throughout their pregnancy. It is typical for underweight women to grow more than overweight women. It is best to focus on the foods you eat and stay active to manage your weight during this time.

Remember – weight gain is not bad. It is due to the baby, placenta, breast tissue, amniotic fluid, blood supply, fat, and uterus growth. Its more than just because of the baby itself.The “pregnancy hormone,” human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), is essential for the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy and is associated with hCG doubling. Your doctor can establish healthy weight gain goals throughout the pregnancy.

2. Should I Bank Cord Blood?

After giving birth, you can store your umbilical cord and placenta as a backup plan if your baby has complications. They are full of stem cells and may play a role in healing diseases like cancer. Hospitals can use it with biologically matched children as well. Many people do it to treat serious health threats.

The process is quick and painless, and you can save blood for up to 21 years. The choice is yours to make if it is something you feel will benefit your baby.

3. Am I at Risk for Any Complications?

Certain factors can contribute to a high-risk pregnancy. They can be from medical conditions before your pregnancy, or they may develop during. Some factors that can cause issues are:

  • Age 35 and up: The older you are, the more complications can occur.
  • Lifestyle choices: If you smoke or drink alcohol, it can put your pregnancy at risk.
  • Multiple pregnancies: Carrying more than one baby may create more complications.
  • Maternal health problems: Conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, thyroid disease, and more can increase pregnancy risks.

You may not be at risk for complications initially, but they can come up throughout your pregnancy. Things like placenta position may pose a problem or if you have a history of issues in another pregnancy. Your healthcare provider can help you figure out what to look for.

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4. Will I Be Able to Exercise?

Depending on your pregnancy stage, you will be able to exercise differently. If you are a healthy individual, moderate exercise for about 30 minutes daily is ideal each week. You can do low-impact activities like swimming or stationary biking. Weightlifting is OK if you did it before you got pregnant. Talking to your OBGYN about what exercise suits your experience and fitness level can help you through your pregnancy.

5. What Pregnancy Symptoms are Normal?

Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may experience specific symptoms. In your early stages come, common ones are:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Food cravings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fatigue

Later in pregnancy, progesterone relaxes the muscles in your body. This can lead to symptoms like:

  • Urinating a lot
  • Bloating and constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mood swings

You may experience one or more of these symptoms as you go. Discussing what you are experiencing and keeping notes between appointments can help you keep track of what to ask your doctor.

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6. What Prenatal Vitamins Do You Recommend?

You will want to ensure you have specific vitamins and minerals to help your baby grow. Folic acid and iron are essential to keep you and your baby healthy. Besides that, look for calcium and vitamin D as they promote healthy teeth and bones. Your doctor can help you find a brand that fits your needs.

Stay Open With Your OBGYN

Remember, your doctor is there to help you. They expect you to come in with questions, no matter if you think they’re silly. It is better to have peace of mind with your pregnancy experience. Stay open and honest with your OBGYN to provide yourself with the knowledge you need.