December Patient Newsletter
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Dr. Barbara Hannah

Patient education is extremely important and we are excited to help provide you with the most up to date women's health topics in our patient newsletter.  This month our focus is education pre-conceptual counseling.

It is well established that the healthier a woman is before pregnancy the healthier her baby will be.  Genetics are a part of all of us and although we cannot control the genes we inherit, patients can help enhance a positive pregnancy outcome by following certain guidelines.

Prior to pregnancy we recommend that certain tests be performed and certain factors and questions be examined and answered.

Diseases - What medical problems do you have that could affect the pregnancy?

Immunizations - Certain vaccines prior to pregnancy can increase the likelihood of a healthy outcome.  Are your vaccinations up-to-date?

Family history -  Certain diseases can be passed on to the baby.   Are there any inheritable diseases in your family that the baby could potentially inherit?

Medicine -  Some medications are not deemed safe in pregnancy.  Medications should not be discontinued without first a discussion with your physician.  What medications do you take?

Nutrition-  is an important aspect of our lives.    Normal weight gain in pregnancy is 15 to 40 pounds.  For that patient who is underweight, a forty pound weight gain is not unheard of and for that overweight patient we recommend less weight gain, closer to fifteen pounds. The average weight gain is twenty-five pounds.  Along with your health care provider a nutritionist can be of assistance in determining a healthful diet. The consumption of folic acid (folate) prior and during pregnancy has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of birth defects.    What types of foods do you frequently eat?  

Alcohol usage - No amount of alcohol is safe in pregnancy.  The leading cause of mental retardation is fetal alcohol syndrome due to alcohol consumption in pregnancy and is entirely preventable.  How much alcohol do you drink?  If you do drink, will you stop with conception?

Tobacco usage - Babies of cigarette smokers have less oxygen delivered to their growing bodies.  They are at risk for preterm delivery, limited growth and other problems.  Do you smoke cigarettes?   If so, would you stop with conception?  

Street drug usage - Can cause growth restriction and the baby to be addicted.  In some instances, withdrawal is necessary resulting in significant problems for the baby.  Do you use street drugs and if so will you stop with conception?

Exercise - Exercise can enhance overall well being and increase blood flow to the baby which enhances oxygen usage.  Speak with your health care provider regarding exercise usage during pregnancy since a limited number of patients should not exercise during pregnancy. 
Do you have an exercise program?

Mental health - It is important to reduce the impact of stress during pregnancy.  Stress is a normal part of life.   How well do you handle stress?  What activities can you do to decrease the impact stress has on you?

Optimizing pregnancy outcome is a necessary part of each and every pregnancy.

Check out our new Facebook Page!

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Healthy Christmas Breakfast & Brunch Recipes!  

We found these delicious Christmas breakfast and brunch recipes including pumpkin and gingerbread, French toast and pancakes recipes.  Click HERE for all the recipes!  
It's hard to believe, but 2016 is quickly coming to a close.  Due to the economic situation many women have been putting their own healthcare on the back-burner.  However, taking proper care of yourself and investing in your health is one of the most important things you can do for you and your family. 
We want to remind you to make the most out of your 2016 health insurance plans, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and/or Health Savings Accounts (HSA).  With most insurance deductibles fulfilled, now may be a great time to schedule any procedures or appointments, or address any medical issues that you may have been putting off.   Please call our office to schedule your year end visit! 313-388-4247
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