Ighoyivwi

Dr. Faith Ighoyivwi, obstetrician-gynecologist at Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, says “The pathway to a healthy baby begins with a healthy mom.”   

The early stage of pregnancy, the first two to eight weeks after conception, is a critical time for fetal development — when a baby’s facial features, brain, spinal column, heart and kidneys begin to form. 

“Because you may not realize you’re pregnant until three weeks or more after conception, your health status before pregnancy is key,” said Dr. Faith Ighoyivwi, obstetrician-gynecologist at Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital. “Caring for yourself before you conceive can help you avoid complications like preeclampsia (high blood pressure), gestational diabetes and preterm delivery, and reduce your chances for having a baby with birth defects.”

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