Pregnancy in New Orleans
Professional & comprehensive prenatal care
Welcoming your baby at Touro
Choosing the place where you’ll experience one of the most memorable days of your life is a big decision. Let Touro’s Family Birthing Center help you prepare for the birth of your new bundle of joy.
To aid your decision-making process, we encourage you to take a glance at our beautiful facilities by taking a personal tour or viewing our virtual tour. During a tour, you’ll learn about the birthing options we offer, including water birth, how to find a Touro physician or midwife, important tests and immunizations you and your baby will need, and creating your own birth plan with the help of your provider.
For a healthy pregnancy, follow these tips:
- Before becoming pregnant, be sure to prepare your body for pregnancy and childbirth
- See your doctor immediately if you believe you're pregnant
- Take prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid
- Don't smoke, drink alcohol, or take illegal drugs
- Don't take any medications without your doctor's approval
- Eat a healthy diet that contains plenty of calcium
- Walk or do another gentle exercise at least three times a week
- Follow vehicle seat belt recommendations
- Take a childbirth class
Nutrition during pregnancy
Pregnant women are encouraged to eat 300 calories more than their recommended daily caloric intake. These extra calories should be consumed in the form of healthy proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A well-balanced diet can reduce some of the unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy, such as nausea and constipation.
It is advised that pregnant women avoid eating:
- Unpasteurized milk
- Soft cheeses, unless they are made with pasteurized milk
- Hot dogs and lunch meats, unless they are heated until steaming hot before serving
- Refrigerated pâté and meat spreads
- Refrigerated smoked seafood
On top of a healthy diet, pregnant women should consume 0.4 mg of folic acid every day. Folic acid is a nutrient found in berries, nuts, leafy greens, and beans – it has been found to reduce your baby’s risk for brain and spinal cord defects.
Immunizations & tests
Though most women experience safe and healthy pregnancies, some high-risk pregnancies require close monitoring. Today, there are countless tests and immunizations that expecting mothers can undergo to maintain their well-being during pregnancy.
Your doctor may recommend maternal and fetal testing if you have or show signs of conditions such as:
- Pre-existing maternal diseases, like heart disease or diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal fetal growth
- Multiple pregnancy (you are having twins or more)
At the Family Birthing Center, we offer a Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic to treat patients with high-risk pregnancies.
Perinatology services include:
- Genetic counseling
- 3-D and high-imaging ultrasounds
- Non-stress testing
- In-utero blood transfusions
Finding a pediatrician
Before you baby comes is the best time to choose a pediatrician to care for your newborn. Most pediatricians even welcome a “get-acquainted” visit before the baby is born.