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Dr. Drai Discusses the Importance of Prenatal Care

Dr. Draion M. Burch Guides His Patients from Preconception to Delivery

The goal of pregnancy is a healthy birth through which parents end up with a squealing little bundle of joy. Draion M. Burch, DO is the Pittsburgh OBGYN to see if thoughts of pregnancy are turning into concrete plans. A woman’s body is amazing in its ability to sustain a growing being, but there are steps that can be taken before conception that promote positive outcomes. Dr. Drai will be happy to discuss how preparing the body for pregnancy is beneficial. Once pregnancy is suspected, Amare Concierge offers top-notch prenatal care to help protect the infant and mother.

Preconception Care Comes First

Start off on the right foot if conception is in the near future. Not everyone has the luxury of planning ahead, but for those who do, they may be lucky enough to see the benefits of preconception care on their pregnancy. One of the easiest things to start early is to take a prenatal vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. Any medical conditions that are not well-controlled should be brought under control. This includes conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. Another thing to think about is that it is possible for adults to lose immunity to diseases over time, so it is important to make sure immunizations are current. Finally, perhaps one of the least favorite discussion topics is weight loss and maintenance. A healthier woman’s body is more likely to conceive naturally and carry a healthy baby to term.

Prenatal Care Helps Protect Infants

Since a healthy birth is more likely to follow a healthy pregnancy, prenatal care is vital. Amare Concierge is a women’s health practice dedicated to providing the best prenatal care in Pittsburgh, PA. During prenatal visits, women can expect routine physical exams which include weight checks and giving urine samples. Ultrasounds and blood tests are usually done as pregnancy progresses to rule out or inform parents of potential complications.

One goal of prenatal care is to educate women on what can be done to reduce risks to both baby and mother during pregnancy.

Here is a glimpse at important topics one can expect to learn at Amare Concierge:

  • Healthy eating provides sufficient nutrients for baby and mother.
  • Safe exercise keeps mother’s body healthy through pregnancy and can help the birthing process.
  • Avoid smoking as it can result in tissue damage, especially of the lungs and brain.
  • Abstain from alcohol since even small amounts can do damage, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, which are irreversible.
  • Take prenatal vitamins containing a minimum of 400 micrograms of folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects by as much as 70%.

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