Anjali Tate, M.D.,  Gynecology, Obstetrics , San Jose, Silicon Valley, California

Pregnancy - Obstetrics





So…you are ready to start a family, now what do you need to do? 

Pregnancy and childbirth are very exciting times in a person’s life. But just like all things in life, it takes a little bit of time and preparation to get pregnant. There are a few things you can do for yourself to adopt a healthy lifestyle prior to conception and throughout your pregnancy.

Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

  • Reach your ideal weight is before you conceive. This means losing weight if you are overweight to reduce your risk of high blood pressure complications during pregnancy; or gaining weight if you are underweight to reduce the risk of delivering a low birth-weight baby.
  • Reduce your daily intake of caffeine to have no more than two 5-ounce cups of coffee, three 5-ounce cups of tea, or two 12-ounce glasses of caffeinated soda.
  • Start an exercise program before you conceive. Generally, you may continue your normal exercise routine throughout pregnancy unless you are instructed to decrease or modify your activities
  • Quit smoking.
  • Stop any recreational drugs (marijuana included).
  • Stop any alcohol consumption.
  • Stop any herbal supplements.
  • Start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. This should be started about two to three months prior to conception to prevent spinal cord defects in the baby. Most daily vitamins contain folic acid. Many pharmacies sell over-the-counter prenatal vitamins that do not require a prescription.
  • You may want to consider a preconception counseling appointment with your health provider. This preconception appointment consists of an assessment of your health. During the appointment a personal, medical, and family history of the potential mother and father are reviewed. If any medical conditions or family history of birth defects are identified, they can be addressed prior to conception. Tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medications (including herbal supplements) you are, or have, taken.
  • For more information see: Obstetrics - FAQ




For preconception and pregnancy counseling, I invite you to call for an appointment

Dr. Anjali Tate




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