Pregnancy, Childbirth and Your Questions

Pregnancy and questions go hand in hand, like peanut butter and jelly. Or peanut butter and chocolate. (Wow, lots of things go with peanut butter.)

Here are a few answers.

What are my safe exercise options during pregnancy?

The amount of exercise recommended during pregnancy varies depending on the OBGYN. But certain activities are generally considered a no-no. For instance:

  • Horseback riding
  • Skiing
  • Ice skating and roller blading
  • Sit-ups and ab crunches
  • Climbing Mount Nebo

On the flip side, remember that activity during pregnancy isn’t taboo. Far from it. Try to exercise for 30 minutes or more almost every day. Good options includes swimming, bicycling or walking. Aerobics and exercises will help condition your body and strengthen the heart. Ask your doctor about special prenatal aerobics classes.

Is it important to visit the hospital before delivery day?

Even at the tail end of your pregnancy, after reading all those books about what to expect, you’ll have questions. You can never be 100 percent prepared, but it’s still a good idea to learn as much as you can.

A key part of the preparation process is a tour of your hospital’s birth center to check out a variety of things, such as whether the rooms are private and large enough for optimal comfort. You also can check out the sleeping conditions for the father — so he knows whether he’ll end up folded like a pretzel on that first night. And you can begin to visualize how well your extended family and other visitors will fit in the space provided.

At Mountain View Hospital, you can educate yourself by touring the Women’s Center in person or online. You can call 801-714-6025 to inquire.

What now?

With pregnancy and childbirth in the rear-view mirror, emotions often run the gamut — from fear of leaving the great care of the nurses and OB doctor to delight at the thought of bringing your new family member home.

The healthcare professionals at our Payson hospital work hard to meet your needs and help make the postpartum transition as smooth as possible. It’s our job to monitor and decide when it’s absolutely safe for you and the new kiddo to return home.

From social services staff to lactation consultants, rest assured that we’ve got your back.

To find and learn more from a high-quality OBGYN, call Mountain View Hospital’s Physician Referral Line at 866-887-3999.

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