August 18, 2023

Preparing for Parenthood: 2023 Baby Expo

Are you considering pregnancy or planning to have a baby? The journey to parenthood begins long before conception, and Hackensack Meridian Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, New Jersey, is here to support you every step of the way. Our focus on preconception health and care ensures that you and your baby have the best chance at a healthy and positive pregnancy experience.

Preconception health is crucial for every expectant and aspiring parent. It involves taking proactive steps to address potential risk factors and improve your overall well-being before pregnancy. By adopting healthy habits and following some simple guidelines, you can set the stage for a healthy pregnancy and lifelong benefits for your family.

Living an Active and Healthy Lifestyle

To improve your preconception and overall health, consider incorporating these healthy habits into your life:

·       Exercise: Engage in activities such as walking, swimming, bicycling, and aerobics. Yoga, which incorporates posture, breathing, and relaxation techniques, can also be beneficial during labor. Consult your healthcare provider to determine the best exercise plan for you.

·       Educate yourself: Read books on pregnancy and childbirth to be well-informed and prepared. Additionally, Pascack Valley Medical Center offers parent education classes, which you can explore and register for at

·       Track your menstrual cycle: Monitoring your cycle can help you identify your ovulation period, increasing the chances of pregnancy.

·       Practice relaxation techniques: Minimize stress through activities like yoga, meditation, or enjoying relaxing music in a warm bath.

·       Get sufficient sleep: Aim for eight hours of sleep per night, as adequate rest can also help reduce stress and tension.

·       Maintain a healthy diet: Nutrition plays a crucial role in your health and pregnancy. Consider taking supplements after consulting your healthcare provider.

For more preconception health tips, visit the American Pregnancy Association, and speak with your healthcare provider.

Schedule Your Preconception Checkup:

Each person's preconception health care needs are unique. Whether choosing an OBGYN or midwife, a preconception checkup will help you understand any necessary treatments or follow-up care based on your health status. Don't hesitate to ask questions and seek guidance on family planning, birth control, vaccines, screenings, and recommended vitamins and supplements.

Carole Shipman, MSN, CNM, RN, CLC, having 30 years of experience in maternal child health quoted, “Every woman deserves the opportunity for a pregnancy and birth experience that respects her dignity. Midwifery care is respectful and incorporates the desires of the family to assist in creating a positive birth experience.”

Schedule your preconception checkup online or by calling one of our OBGYN or Midwifery offices.

The 2023 Baby Expo: Join Us for a Journey to Parenthood

Pregnancy is a life-altering and exciting experience, and we believe in fostering a baby-friendly community to support families through this journey. Pascack Valley Medical Center, a full-service community hospital in Westwood, New Jersey, is excited to announce its 2023 Baby Expo.  Hosted in the hospital’s Community Center, this event will offer insights on creating an effective birth plan, information about our classes, what to expect on the big day, and a tour of our state-of-the-art birthing center. Meet and connect with our providers and team members, who will be readily available to answer your questions. Local organizations with baby-friendly services will also be present.

Learn more about the event and register online by clicking here.

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