Pregnancy is an anxiety-producing time for women, especially if their pregnancy is deemed “high-risk.” High-risk pregnancy happens when a baby has an increased chance of a health problem, or when an expectant mother is at risk of complications due to pregnancy.
Leah Battista, MD, is a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center. For many of the high-risk pregnant women she sees, there is no one cause for pre-term labor. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle before conception can greatly influence the health of pregnancy.
Dr. Battista has these tips for women planning to become pregnant:
- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen. A healthy pregnancy greatly depends on how healthy you are before you become pregnant.
- Control chronic health issues. Chronic health issues like diabetes and hypertension can complicate pregnancy, and the health of the baby.
- Take your daily prenatal supplement with folic acid. To reap the full benefits of prenatal vitamins, begin taking them three months before you plan to become pregnant.