Ask the Experts – Prep for Pregnancy


December 1, 2022

Ask the Experts – Prep for Pregnancy

With Leonard Wasserman, MD, and Brittney Bergeron, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

In the U.S., obstetricians, or OBs, are go-to providers for delivering babies. However, over the last several years, midwives have significantly grown in popularity. In fact, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, midwives attend to the births of more than 10% of American babies.

What is the best way for a woman to prepare her body for a healthy pregnancy?

Dr. Wasserman says:

  • Eat nutritious foods – lean proteins, whole grains, dark leafy greens and berries
  • Take a daily, prenatal vitamin
  • Stay hydrated
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly – take a walk, practice yoga or whatever you enjoy
  • Don’t drink alcohol, smoke or use recreational drugs

Brittney adds:

  • Continue to see your primary care doctor regularly to proactively maintain your physical and mental health and address any existing health needs
  • Build a support network in your life, which may include family members, friends or others

“Our patients can always count on high-quality, compassionate care. They can also rely on a skilled and experienced team of five providers that rotate to care for them,” says Dr. Wasserman. “Women who are having their first child aren’t exactly sure what to expect. We support them through every step of the process.”

Brittney adds, “As a midwife, I focus on meeting an expectant mom where she is. I want to be part of her birthing team by hearing her voice, offering her options, respecting her choices as well as supporting her physically and emotionally on her birth journey.”

As a doctor and midwife, how do you work together?

“Over the years, the hospital’s midwifery practice has expanded, and our overall women’s health focus has grown,” says Dr. Wasserman. “Our doctors and midwives regularly consult, especially on high-risk patients, to be absolutely sure moms and babies are well cared for.”

Brittney shares, “Becoming a mother is a very powerful time in a women’s life. It can be a time to lean in, advocate for yourself and take ownership of your experience. Having full access to midwives and doctors is the best of both worlds for women.”

To make an appointment with one of our team members, call (603) 883-3365 today!

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