A visit to your doctor before you get pregnant is the first step in preparing for pregnancy. This appointment can help you prepare physically and emotionally. You and your doctor can discuss your health history, current medications, home and work environments, your weight, lifestyle factors, diet and exercise.

Ask your doctor about caffeine consumption. It is recommended that you eliminate or reduce your caffeine intake to less than 300 mg per day.

  • Average cup of coffee has 150 mg
  • Black tea has about 80 mg
  • 12-ounce soda contains 30-60 mg
  • Even chocolate and some medications contain caffeine

    Prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid are important to decrease the risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect, such as spina bifida. You can buy over-the counter prenatal vitamins that has the recommended 400 micrograms of folic acid.

    Eliminate alcohol consumption and quit smoking.

    Eat healthy! Talk with your doctor about the consumption of fish and limit intake of lunch meats and packaged foods. Drink plenty of water.

    As soon as you find out you are pregnant, schedule an appointment with your physician. Regularly scheduled visits are crucial to make sure the development of your baby is progressing normally. This is the time to ask questions! No question is dumb and your healthcare provider will be able to answer your questions, concerns and calm any anxiety.

    Find an OB/GYN or call 816-221-HEAL (4325) for a physician referral.

    Having a baby is a joyful experience, but it can be an anxious time. The Hospital offers classes to help answer your questions and concerns. Call 816-691-1688 for class dates, times and registration. Or register online. The classes are free to parents who are delivering at North Kansas City Hospital.

    Childbirth Preparation
    Beyond Birth
    Grandparent Education
    Sibling Education
    Maternal Child Unit Tour
    Breast-Feeding Support Group