Are you considering pregnancy or planning to have a baby? The journey to parenthood begins long before conception, and Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, New Jersey, is here to support you every step of the way. Our focus on preconception health and care ensures that you and your baby have the best chance at a healthy and positive pregnancy experience.
Preconception health is crucial for every expectant and aspiring parent. It involves taking proactive steps to address potential risk factors and improve your overall well-being before pregnancy. By adopting healthy habits and following some simple guidelines, you can set the stage for a healthy pregnancy and lifelong benefits for your family.
Living an Active and Healthy Lifestyle
To improve your preconception and overall health, consider incorporating these healthy habits into your life:
· Exercise: Engage in activities such as walking, swimming, bicycling, and aerobics. Yoga, which incorporates posture, breathing, and relaxation techniques, can also be beneficial during labor. Consult your healthcare provider to determine the best exercise plan for you.
· Educate Yourself: Read books on pregnancy and childbirth to be well-informed and prepared. Additionally, Pascack Valley Medical Center offers parent education classes, which you can explore and register for at pascackmedicalcenter.com/events.
· Track Your Menstrual Cycle: Monitoring your cycle can help you identify your ovulation period, increasing the chances of pregnancy.
· Practice Relaxation Techniques: Minimize stress through activities like yoga, meditation, or enjoying relaxing music in a warm bath.
· Get Sufficient Sleep: Aim for eight hours of sleep per night, as adequate rest can also help reduce stress and tension.
· Maintain a Healthy Diet: Nutrition plays a crucial role in your health and pregnancy. Consider taking fertility supplements after consulting your healthcare provider.
For more preconception health tips, visit the American Pregnancy Association, and speak with your healthcare provider.
Schedule Your Preconception Checkup:
Each person's preconception health care needs are unique. Whether choosing an OBGYN or midwife, a preconception checkup will help you understand any necessary treatments or follow-up care based on your health status. Don't hesitate to ask questions and seek guidance on family planning, birth control, vaccines, screenings, and recommended vitamins and supplements.
Midwife, Eva Bane, MSN, CNM, RNC, CBC stated, “Midwifery care should be available to all, as midwifery provides safe, inclusive and evidence based care for both routine gynecology and obstetrics care. Midwives place patients and their families at the center of care and decision making, in a wholesome and respectful manner. This care is not only for those who don’t want an epidural, but for anyone that wants to be informed and valued throughout their pregnancy and birth, to optimize one’s chance of having a meaningful and optimal pregnancy and birth.”
The 2023 Baby Expo: Join Us for a Journey to Parenthood
Pregnancy is a life-altering and exciting experience, and we believe in fostering a baby-friendly community to support families through this journey. Mountainside Medical Center, a full-service community hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, is excited to announce its 2023 Baby Expo. Hosted in the hospital’s Community Center, this event will offer insights on creating an effective birth plan, information about our classes, what to expect on the big day, and a tour of our state-of-the-art birthing center. Meet and connect with our providers and team members, who will be readily available to answer your questions. Local organizations with baby-friendly services will also be present.
Learn more about the event and register online by clicking here.