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January 31, 2020
Pregnancy and postpartum are some of the most stressful and demanding times a woman can face in her life. Becoming a mom for the first time is a joyful and exciting time, but also comes with a lot of new challenges and change – from preparing the home to the rapid physical body changes. Sheila Devanesan, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists, gives moms-to-be advice on the importance of staying healthy and self-care during the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum stages.
Pregnancy and labor put added stress on your body, so entering into pregnancy as healthy as you can be is important. This is the best way to avoid complications during pregnancy.
Create good habits you can follow during pregnancy. Pregnancy is not the time to throw away all inhibitions and “eat whatever you want”. You are programming your infant’s metabolism and health for life.
Don’t forget to make time for mental self-care! Newborns typically don’t sleep more than two and a half hours intervals in first six weeks, so it is especially important if you are nursing your infant to have your sleep schedule mirror the infant.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital believes healthy families start with mom, that’s why each year the hospital hosts its annual A Woman’s Journey health symposium. Mothers and women in the community are encouraged and empowered to take one day to focus on their own health and have the opportunity to learn, share and explore the latest in women’s health topics. To learn more, visit HopkinsAllChildrens.org/AWJ.