Q & A
What kind of exams do I need?
Talk with your OB-GYN about what sort of regular screenings you might need. Generally, you should have a pelvic exam every year once you’re 21 and a mammogram every year once you’re 40, but this can vary based on your health history. Your OB-GYN can tell you what they recommend, and they can even show you how to perform a monthly breast exam yourself. Beginning with this question is a great opportunity to start talking about your health, and it can open the door to more questions that lead to more a personalized care experience going forward.
How much should I be exercising?
Regular exercise can reduce or prevent back pain, prevent excessive weight gain, and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. However, pregnant women should avoid activities with a high risk of falling or abdominal trauma, exercise at high altitudes, and scuba diving.
What health topics can you help me with?
Can I travel during my pregnancy?
On that note, if you’re curious about which methods of birth control might be right for you, what to keep in mind if you’re planning to start a family or what you can expect from menopause, tell your OB-GYN what’s on your mind. You’ll get advice uniquely tailored to you, and you’ll learn more about the broader women’s health resources and specialists your OB-GYN can connect you with at any stage in your life.
Many pregnant women drive throughout their pregnancies, and wearing a seatbelt is recommended. Many women also fly until late in their pregnancies, and most airlines allow travel up to 37 weeks gestation. Talk to your doctor about safety measures to take when travelling.