What You Need to Know Before a PregnancyIf you’re like most women, you and your partner will discuss becoming a parent before you try to get pregnant, but there’s one more person who should be in the conversation early -- your doctor.

A women’s health services specialist like an OB/GYN can help you prepare for pregnancy by reviewing medications or over-the-counter supplements you’re taking to see if you want to switch off some or discuss the benefits and risks of others. For example, some anti-depressants have been linked to a higher risk of miscarriage, premature delivery and low birth weight.

You’ll want to be up-to-date on your immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella, and the chickenpox vaccine, if you need it. You also can prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy by taking prenatal vitamins beginning at least three months prior to conceiving.

Your doctor will look at risk factors like age or family history of pregnancy problems that might make it harder for you to conceive. You may consider genetic screening if there’s a family history of congenital abnormalities, Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis.

This is also the time to talk about healthy lifestyle choices, like stopping smoking and not drinking alcohol. Obesity can raise the risk of miscarriage and complications like pre-eclampsia, and your doctor may recommend losing weight before trying to become pregnant.

A visit with an OB/GYN is also an opportunity to get answers to your questions about conceiving, like what to expect after going off birth control. Women in the Brownstown and Southgate, Michigan areas will find the help they need at Northline Women’s Health Center. Schedule an appointment to see one of our providers.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax