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Focusing on Maternal Health During Women’s Health Week

May 10, 2022 Pegalis Law Group

Focusing on Maternal Health During Women’s Health Week

Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14), a time to shine the spotlight on women’s health and make them feel empowered about their healthcare. This year, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health is focusing on maternal health. Having a baby is a joyous and momentous occasion. However, women must remember to take care of themselves for their health and well-being and that of their newborn child. As an advocate for proactive patients, Pegalis Law Group, LLC shares tips for women to remain healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.

Tips for Keeping Healthy Before Pregnancy

Whether you’re actively trying to have a baby or considering the possibility, it’s never too early to have a healthy plan in place. Preconception healthcare is essential to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Discuss your personal and family medical history with your doctor, including any existing medical conditions that could possibly affect your pregnancy. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you may need to get it under better control before conception. You may need to switch medications, take dietary or herbal supplements, or get certain vaccinations to help prevent the possibility of birth defects. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health when preparing for pregnancy. Discuss any feelings of stress or anxiety with your doctor.

Tips for Keeping Healthy During Pregnancy

If you’re already pregnant, you must take excellent care of yourself to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Prenatal care from your healthcare provider is a must to avoid low birth weights and other pregnancy complications. Staying hydrated and eating healthy foods is just as crucial to your baby’s health as it is to yours. Be sure to include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and calcium in your daily diet. Your doctor may also recommend taking a daily prenatal vitamin to help you get enough folic acid, iron, and calcium. You’ll have to quit smoking and refrain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy to prevent the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and other birth defects. Getting ample sleep at night and finding ways to destress are essential to maintaining a happy, healthy pregnancy.

Tips for Keeping Healthy Post-Pregnancy

Women’s bodies go through many changes during pregnancy. While you have a new baby to look after post-pregnancy, it’s important to keep up with your own healthcare needs. Be sure to discuss any issues with your doctor as soon as they arise, including swelling, bleeding, fatigue, severe headaches, or post-partum blues. You should be able to resume light exercise, such as walking or stretching, to help you stay active and shed some of your pregnancy pounds. If you’ve chosen to breastfeed, you’ll need to continue to monitor your food and drink consumption to ensure your baby gets the nutrients they need for development. Be sure to go to all of your follow-up appointments, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Perhaps you’ve heard the expression, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Friends and family may offer their support, but your doctor may also be able to provide additional resources.

Other Ways to Observe National Women’s Health Week

Even if you aren’t expecting a child this year, there are other ways to observe and celebrate National Women’s Health Week. If you haven’t had your annual checkups yet, be sure to schedule appointments for your physical, Pap smear, and mammogram. Take a moment to reflect on your current lifestyle. Are you eating enough nutrients and drinking enough water daily? Are you exercising regularly and getting enough sleep at night? When was the last time you checked on your mental health? It could be time to join a gym or start a new hobby such as yoga to destress and keep active by doing the things you enjoy. It’s important to practice self-care and love yourself as much as those around you!

Educating the Public About Being Proactive About Their Health

For nearly 50 years, Pegalis Law Group, LLC has focused on representing clients with personal injury and medical malpractice matters. Our New York-based law firm is also committed to educating the public about being proactive about their healthcare. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive additional insights to keep you and those you love happy and healthy.