Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Pregnancy is like a journey, which actually starts before a woman becomes pregnant. Women who plan on having a baby can take steps to help ensure that they have a healthy pregnancy so their baby can have a healthy start in life. Here are several ways to help your little one start off on the right foot:
- Talk to your doctor about the benefits of taking folic acid every day for at least one month before and during pregnancy
- Have a medical checkup before pregnancy
- Be at a healthy weight before you get pregnant
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
- Talk to your doctor about all medicines you are currently taking
- Manage pre-existing medical conditions
- Limit exposure to hazards
- Avoid infections
- Check for certain inherited diseases
By putting your best foot forward and planning for your pregnancy, you can help prevent problems that might affect you and your baby. For more tips on planning for pregnancy, check out our online Childbirth Timeline Center at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/Pregnancy.
Renovated, Private Postpartum Suites
Earlier this year, at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, we renovated our postpartum suites which boast concierge services, new and elegant modern furnishings, flat screen TVs and 24-hour wireless internet access. These modern suites offer our patients all the amenities of a top rate hotel, making families feel comfortable and pampered. The new rooms also include a comfortable sleeping area for dad, or a support partner, and hotel-style room service. At Your Request Room Service Dining® allows patients to select meals from a wide variety of foods, as though they were eating at their favorite restaurant. Mothers can choose when and what they want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each meal is specially prepared to order and is delivered to the patient’s room within 45 minutes or less.
“The birth of a child is a joyous occasion and we are proud to be able to offer patients these new, all-private postpartum suites and amenities,” said Jay Krishnaswamy, CEO of Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. “Paired with comprehensive medical care including access to maternal fetal medicine, physicians on the medical staff for high-risk pregnancies, and a level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the newly renovated rooms offer families in east Dallas a new and modern choice for the birth of their child.”
For more information on the new, all-private rooms, please visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/Maternity. For a referral to an OB/GYN or maternal fetal medicine physician, call 866-764-3627.
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218