Friday, October 25, 2019

Health Tips for Your First Pregnancy

Being pregnant for the first time can be exciting and scary all at the same time and our OB Providers at the Lake of the Ozarks understand that. You should never feel alone during this time in your life, no matter what your personal situation is. Our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here for you and we assist patients with and without insurance. Our goal is to gear our services to work for your financial situation, not the other way around. Keep reading for a few health tips for your first pregnancy. If you are pregnant and currently searching for an OB Provider in the Lake of the Ozarks area you can count on, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. Visit our website at for more information on our services and providers.

Health Tips for Your First Pregnancy

Know what's normal for weight gain during pregnancy.
According to the National Institute of Health:
"If you are underweight (BMI* less than 18.5), you should gain about 28 to 40 pounds,
normal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 24.9), you should gain about 25 to 35 pounds, overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9), you should gain about 15 to 25 pounds, and obese (BMI of 30+), you should gain about 11 to 20 pounds."

Ask your doctor about prenatal vitamins.
Many healthcare providers may advise you to take a prenatal vitamin every day, but it's best to ask your doctor what you should specifically do. Every mother-to-be is different.

Avoid eating or drinking the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee or soda
  • Fish with high levels of mercury, like swordfish or shark
  • Undercooked meat
  • Raw eggs's best to get a list from your doctor of everything you shouldn't eat, but these are a few good examples that will likely be on it.

Meet Our Obstetrics and Gynecological Provider, Terry Krantz, FNP!

Terry Krantz received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1979 from Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. She worked primarily in Obstetrics in hospitals across the country until she returned to school, graduating summa cum laude with the President's Award for Scholarship in 2001 from Graceland University. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing and is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Terry is a recipient of the Higdon Award for Clinical Excellence. Her special area of interest lies in bridging cultural divides through the power of story. Her work in this field earned her an invitation to Sofia, Bulgaria where she presented a seminar by weaving an original parable to encourage the participants to reach for a higher level of wellness - resulting in women forming walking clubs across the city. She has found the arts to be a very useful adjunct in her approach to patients and enjoys finding this common ground with people from all walks of life.

When she is not at the clinic, she is a musician, a cyclist, a reader, and enjoys trying her hand at fly-fishing in the mountains of the West.

To schedule an appointment with Terry, please call our Camdenton Medical Center today. You can reach us there by calling 573-346-4446. For more information, you can always visit our website at

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