Optimizing a Mother’s Health Before Conception By Philip Shlossman

One of the most effective ways women can improve their odds of a healthy pregnancy is to start taking care of their health before they become pregnant. Going into pregnancy with optimal health tends to make the pregnancy process much easier.

To prepare for a healthy pregnancy, women can take these steps:

Manage your weight by eating nutritious foods and getting regular exercise. Women who maintain a healthy weight have a lower risk of premature and underweight babies.

Take a supplement with folic acid, a vitamin essential to proper fetal development. Consuming enough folic acid reduces the risk of birth defects.

Discuss any current health conditions you may have and medications you take with your doctor. Even over-the-counter medications could affect a pregnancy, and chronic conditions may require special treatment or monitoring during pregnancy.

Avoid tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and toxic chemicals. These can damage the health of the mother and the baby, which will prevent proper development.

About the Author:

As part of his work with expectant mothers in Delaware, Philip Shlossman helps women maintain optimal health in the months before they conceive. Dr. Shlossman holds a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Medicine from Texas A&M University.


Philip Shlossman, MD, Discusses the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium

In light of the high rates of infant mortality in Delaware as compared to other states, the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium was formed to improve birth rates throughout the region. Common reasons for infant mortality include preterm births, birth defects, and undersized infants. However, a woman’s adoption of healthy practices prior to becoming pregnant serves as the best way to lessen the chances of this situation happening. To encourage better lifestyles, the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium runs public education programs and community outreach activities. Moreover, it focuses on racism, discrimination, and other problems with healthcare and social service providers so that all women can receive the best attention for themselves and their babies.

A government-supported group, the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium consists of members of the Delaware House of Representatives, the Delaware State Senate, the Governor’s Office, and other bodies. Furthermore, the Governor appoints members from the community, many of whom have medical backgrounds, to the group.

About the Author:
Board-certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Philip Shlossman, MD, primarily cares for patients at Delaware Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine of Christiana Care, Inc. in Newark. Additionally, Dr. Shlossman sits on the Data and Science Committee of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium.