If you are hoping to start a family, take time to evaluate your own health. We know you want to stay healthy during your pregnancy, for your own good and the well being of your baby. Your physician and the clinical team can provide specific information regarding healthy diet and safe exercise. For specific health concerns, you and your OB/GYN have access to physician specialists and specialty care centers.
It’s best to check in with an OB/GYN physician before conception so that you can modify your risk, such as stopping smoking, alcohol, unsafe drug use, certain prescribed medications or exposure to potential teratogens. You will be stated on folic acid to reduce the chance of some birth defects.
During your visit you can review your health history, as well as your family’s health history. A Main Line Health OB/GYN physician can offer guidance on lifestyle changes you can make now to ensure your health and your baby’s.
Finding an obstetrician
You and your OB/GYN physician/practice will work as a team throughout your pregnancy to ensure good prenatal care and a healthy baby. Main Line Health offers more than 90 OB/GYN physician’s conveniently located throughout the region. Your care team may include a nurse practitioner, midwife or physician’s assistant. No matter which OB/GYN physician you choose, you will benefit from the expertise of their specialty as well as the support of a full range of Main Line Health maternal specialists, neonatologists, pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists for you and your baby.
For a referral to an obstetrician, you may consult with a friend, your primary care physician, your gynecologist or view our team of obstetricians. At the time of your first pre-conceptual or obstetrical visit, remember to bring any relevant medical records including prior X-rays or ultrasounds.
Ensuring a healthy pregnancy
We know you want to stay healthy during your pregnancy, for your own good and the well being of your baby. Your physician and the clinical team can provide specific information regarding healthy diet and safe exercise.
For specific health concerns, you and your OB/GYN have access to physician specialists and specialty care centers. Maternal/fetal medicine experts, neonatal specialists, pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists, including cardiologists, endocrinologists, orthopedics and many more are readily available to address your needs.
Should you require it, Main Line Health offers gestational diabetes centers throughout its system to monitor your diabetes and help ensure a safe delivery and healthy baby.
For healthy tips and lifestyle recommendations connect with Main Line Health’s Women’s Health Source.
Sometimes a couple can have difficulty conceiving, and pregnancy doesn’t occur as planned. Infertility can be caused by a variety of factors so it’s important to discuss any concerns you might have with your OB/GYN so that appropriate tests can be conducted.
One may require fertility services for differing situations such as the need for donor sperm, premature menopause, prior or ongoing cancer therapy and many other medical conditions including endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome (also referred to as PCOS which occurs in up to 10 percent of all women), diabetes, and thyroid dysfunction, etc.
Each patient is an individual and will be treated as such. Infertility is usually not treated unless a couple has failed to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse. Special circumstances may apply. The physician will take into account that information including your preferences, your overall health, your age, and your tolerance or medical and surgical therapy.
At Main Line Health, fertility specialists, known as Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility specialists, are readily available to address your concerns and discuss treatment options. These physicians work closely with your obstetrician to help ensure a successful pregnancy and delivery.