Having a baby has its own story to tell. It’s a moment in time that will never repeat itself in exactly the same way. Your pregnancy and the birth of your child are indeed miraculous events. At Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Crown Point, we cherish and celebrate the gift of new life. We believe each birth experience – leading up to conception all the way through your delivery – is unique, each mother and baby special.
Before You Get Pregnant
A women’s pregnancy journey is filled is with physical and emotional changes. We encourage women to see their primary care physician, OB/GYN or other women’s health provider before getting pregnant for recommendations on conception and how to have a healthy pregnancy. Even if you feel you are healthy and ready for a pregnancy, your doctor or women’s health provider can do plenty ahead of time and answer your questions to help you as you are trying to conceive.
Whether you choose an obstetrician or a certified nurse midwife to care for you during your pregnancy, know that each has different qualifications, philosophies, and areas of expertise. Your choice may also depend on your health and the type of pregnancy and birth experience you want.
Conception and Fertility Tools
Trying to Conceive? - It takes time, and it’s not automatic. Some women have no idea when they've ovulated, while others can tell the exact moment it happened. Use our ovulation calculator as a quick way to get an idea of when you ovulate.
Pregnancy Tests – Am I really having a baby? If you’re having signs or symptoms of pregnancy, take a test! Educate yourself on home pregnancy tests and how they differ from a test performed by your doctor.
Having a Healthy Pregnancy
Steps to take before you get pregnant and during your pregnancy are vital to your and your baby’s good health.
- If you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs, you should stop before you get pregnant.
- Cut down on your caffeine intake.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Take vitamins and folic acid.
- Exercise. The amount of exercise you are able to do during pregnancy should be based on your overall health and how active you are before you get pregnant.
- While you are trying to get pregnant, try to relax and be as stress-free as possible.
Getting a Pregnancy Ultrasound
If there are no problems during early pregnancy, women will typically get an ultrasound twice during their pregnancy with the first coming at around 20 weeks. This simple, painless procedure allows for your doctor or midwife to see how your baby is developing as well as check your pelvic organs. Your pregnancy ultrasound will:
- Determine the baby's age, growth, position, and sometimes gender
- Identify any developmental problems
- Look for multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.)
- Look at the placenta, amniotic fluid, and pelvis
Special Topic: Pregnancy Through the Father's Eyes
Men can and should share in the pregnancy experience as much as possible. Sometimes, because the woman is carrying the baby and experiencing all the physical changes, the man can feel left out. It is important for couples to share the excitement as well as work together through any anxieties that may develop.
Having a Baby at The BirthPlace
Our maternity center - The Birth Place - and its team of caring women's health professionals are dedicated to taking care of you and your baby from conception to delivery - 1600 deliveries a year to be exact! We also know that sometimes a baby faces special challenges upon entering this world. Our NICU offers advanced procedures, technology and expertise to give very small or very ill newborns the best chance for a healthy start in life.