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Phone: 480-820-6657 | Fax: 480-730-0803
Address: 6301 S. McClintock Dr
Suite 215
Tempe, AZ 85283

Pre-pregnancy Planning

If you are planning to become pregnant, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the changes that will occur.

First, get a thorough physical examination. The exam will alert you to any problems needing to be corrected before becoming pregnant.  Unresolved issues will need to be monitored during your pregnancy.  It is important to update your immunizations, particularly for rubella, also known as  German measles.  It is also important to see your dentist for a thorough checkup and cleaning.

Change or stop using a birth control method which may present a risk to a future pregnancy before you try to conceive.  Discontinue taking birth control pills several months before conception.  Go through at least two normal menstrual cycles before trying to become pregnant.  Talk to your doctor about which birth control method would be best to use in the meantime.

Now is a good time to begin improving your health through diet and exercise.  Eliminate junk food, caffeine, and alcohol from your diet.  Get in shape for the demands of carrying and delivering a baby.  Moderate drinking is not harmful at this pre-pregnancy stage but avoid heavy drinking.  When you try to conceive, stop drinking altogether.

Consider taking a pre-natal vitamin several months before trying to become pregnant.  Adequate amounts of zinc and folic acid are important in the prevention of certain birth defects.

Our East Valley Offices

We provide OB/GYN services for all women from their teens through maturity in our offices located in Ahwatukee, Gilbert, and Tempe, and our providers have privileges at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa.