Wednesday, November 29, 2006

That Prenatal Visit May Be Months Too Late

That Prenatal Visit May Be Months Too Late NYTimes 11/28/06 "The problem, doctors say, is that by the first prenatal visit, a woman is usually 10 to 12 weeks pregnant. “If a birth defect is going to happen, it’s already happened,” said Dr. Peter S. Bernstein, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Montefiore Medical Center ...The new guidelines, issued by the CDC and Prevention last spring, include 10 specific health care recommendations and advise prepregnancy checkups that include screening for diabetes, H.I.V. and obesity; managing chronic medical conditions; reviewing medications that may harm a fetus; and making sure vaccinations are up to date."

Also in the recommendations is to take prenatal vitamins months before pregnancy and to get weight down as close to normal for height as can be.

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