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ASK THE EXPERT BY EMILY FROST

Kathryn Parris, MD,
an OB/GYN with
Northside Hospital and
Gwinnett Physicians
Group OB/GYN

will ensure that you stay up to date
on routine screenings and encourage
healthy habits, such as taking prenatal
vitamins, getting enough sleep and
eating a nutritious diet. Your doctor can
also help ease anxieties you may have
surrounding pregnancy. Whether it's
worries about family medical history or
stress related to bodily changes, your
OB/GYN can help.

PLANNING
FOR PREGNANCY

Kathryn Parris, MD, explains what you need to know
before embarking on parenthood

Deciding to have a child is a huge,
life-changing step. Albeit exciting, it
can also feel extremely daunting. Even
more overwhelming is the downpour
of advice, words of wisdom and
cautionary tales that follow shortly
after an announcement of trying to get
pregnant. After taking the first step
down the path toward parenthood,
where do you go from there?
We asked Kathryn Parris, MD, an
OB/GYN with Northside Hospital and
Gwinnett Physicians Group OB/GYN
to explain.

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Is there anything
I need to avoid?
Although it may be obvious, it
bears repeating: All smoking, alcohol and
caffeine should be cut out completely.
Not only can these harmful habits
affect your baby once you're
pregnant, but they can also
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impact fertility rates. Also,
make sure that you're mindful
of the foods you're eating.
Avoid unpasteurized and
Whether having a baby is a distant
raw foods.

Pregnancy Prep

Q

Should I go to the
OB/GYN before
I'm pregnant?
It can be helpful to see your
OB/GYN beforehand, as this

thought or in the near future,
finding the right OB/GYN is the
best place to start. Start your prepregnancy journey today by visiting
gwinnettphysiciansgroupobgyn.com.
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What should I think about
before trying to conceive?
First things first: Start with a
review of your current health profile.
That means taking a long hard look at
your daily habits and overall wellness.
That includes your sleep routine, weight,

diet, stress levels and medications-
including contraceptives and vitamins.

Q

It's taking longer than
I expected to conceive-
should I be worried?
On average, it takes couples between six
months and a year to conceive. That's
due to a variety of factors that come
into play, such as your ovulation and
menstrual cycle, stress, hormones, sleep,
age and overall health. If you have been
trying consistently for more than a year,
it may be time to see your OB/GYN. ■


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