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The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until all the children are in bed.
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Planning Ahead for Your New Family Member

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are approximately 4 million children born each year in the U.S. Of those, 8.2 % are born with low birth rate, and 12% are born pre-term. Happily, more and more information is available to help women plan ahead and insure that they are in the best physical condition to conceive, to experience a healthy pregnancy, and to deliver a full term, healthy baby.

If you and your spouse are thinking of having a child, planning ahead, in partnership with your AOA physician, can be key. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a “preconception” visit to your doctor. Your AOA physician can help assess your own health history and your family health history to identify any risk factors and create a plan that prepares you for the best possible pregnancy and delivery. This will include an exercise/rest plan, dietary recommendations, and a plan for any special care you may need. Thinking ahead and using your physician as a valuable partner in planning will help insure that you are as healthy as possible before you conceive.