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Many people hit a point in their adult life when “baby fever” takes over, and the quest to conceive becomes all-consuming. You begin to spend a lot of time thinking about baby names, baby room themes and decorations, baby clothes, baby games – the list goes on and on. Your thoughts become filled with all the happiness and joy a baby can bring into your life, whether you’re a single woman, ready to grow your family on your own, or you’re in a relationship and you and your partner have decided to take this leap together.

Then that magical moment happens…

You find out you are pregnant. Now what?! Growing a human being inside of you is a huge responsibility, and there are many things pregnant women need to be aware of as they begin this chapter in their life. Dr. Ghea’s job as a female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale is to educate women going through this, and give them the right tools and women’s health tips to ensure a healthy, happy pregnancy.

First things first — choosing a doctor is crucial. You want someone you feel comfortable with, someone you can trust, and someone you foresee a lasting relationship throughout your entire pregnancy, and maybe even after the baby has been born. Dr. Ghea is a top choice for an obgyn in Plantation. Once you’ve decided on your doctor, it’s time to schedule that first prenatal appointment, which is usually at least eight weeks into your pregnancy.

Announcing that you’re pregnant is an important thing for many people. Who do you tell first, when, and how? It is common to wait until after the first trimester, as this is when the risk of miscarriage decreases. Many find it “taboo” to make any kind of announcement before that first 12 weeks has passed. Years ago, we didn’t have things like social media to worry about. Making your first public announcement on Facebook means that there is a chance a distant friend from high school will read the news before someone as close as your parent finds out, so be wary of that when deciding how to get the news out there.

Now that you’re technically “living for two,” you should pay extra attention to your health. Make sure to get enough folic acid and take a prenatal vitamin, eat a healthy, pregnancy-friendly diet that excludes things like caffeine, raw foods and alcohol. Stay active with exercises that are safe and effective for pregnant women, and of course get enough sleep for both you and your baby.

Prepare yourself for what’s ahead. You may experience some early pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, jaw-dropping fatigue, odd food cravings, sore breasts, and frequent trips to the bathroom. There are many changes that will take place to the body during these next nine months too that you might not have anticipated. Your hair may become thicker, your skin may become darker, and you may even break out in acne. While every woman is different and symptoms will vary, it’s not uncommon for most women to also experience swollen ankles, varicose veins and stretch marks during the latter part of their pregnancy.

Signing up for pregnancy newsletters or email lists, registering for classes or support groups, and purchasing books about pregnancy can also be very insightful.

If you feel most comfortable speaking directly with a Fort Lauderdale obstetrician, Dr. Ghea is the Plantation obgyn to call. Contact her today by calling 954-473-2011 to schedule an appointment at , Westside OB/GYN Group.