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15 essential tips for a healthy pregnancy

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pregnancyIf you already decided to have a baby it’s good to know a few things that will help you get pregnant quickly and safely go to term. Find out where to quit unhealthy habits to increase your fertility

Take a medical exam

It is important to schedule a visit to the doctor for both you and your partner. In this preliminary consultation you can discuss with your doctor about your family history of diseases and conditions and you will get answers to all the questions you are concerned before making a baby. It required not skip this step especially if you suffer from a chronic illness like diabetes, or if you have had problems with a previous pregnancy.

Watch your figure

Before you get pregnant you have to get as close to your ideal weight, depending on the age and height that you have. That means either to keep a diet, a healthy weight loss rate (not exceeding 1 kg per week), either you gain weight. Both women that are overweight and the underweight may have problems with ovarian function, which decreases their chances of having a baby. If you do manage to get pregnant, you may experience a different kind of difficulty. Mother’s weight problems can cause the occurrence of birth defects in babies such as cleft palate (soft palate splitting).

Quit smoking

One of the most important things you can do for a healthy pregnancy is to stop smoking. Not only that smoking decreases your fertility, but it is also associated with a range of medical problems that can occur in babies, such as premature birth, low birth weight, increased risk of asthma and sudden death syndrome installation. If you plan to become mother stop smoking as soon as better. It is advisable to stop smoking at least a year before getting pregnant.

Avoid alcohol

As well as smoking, when drinking alcohol in body harmful substances are being stored. Removing them from the body may take about a month or even more. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy has harmful effects on the baby’s development, especially in case of excessive consumption of ethanol, which can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. This syndrome can cause serious birth defects and infant cognitive impairments, some of which cannot be detected until after a few years.

Stop birth control pills

Ask your doctor how long you should wait to try to get pregnant if you use birth control pills or IUD before. Although experts say that birth control pills do not cause birth defects in babies no matter how recently you used in relation to conception, it is still good to have a break from hormonal contraception before trying to have a baby.

Check prescription drugs you already take

In general, drugs issued on prescription that are prescribed for common problems and disorders, such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety treatments can greatly damage the fetus. Therefore, if you take these pills, it is best to ask your doctor if you continue treatment. Ask him to prescribe you an alternative less dangerous for the baby.

Take prenatal vitamins

Start taking prenatal vitamins at least two months before getting pregnant. These vitamins are very important for the developing fetus, and their absence can cause serious problems. For example, if the mother does not take enough folic acid in the first weeks of pregnancy it increases the risk of brain and spinal cord injuries to the baby.

Make sure you had all the vaccines

If you have not done it yet, make sure you’re immune to rubella and varicella. It is best to do your blood test to see if you have antibodies to the body, that to not have problems if you somehow exposed to these diseases during pregnancy.

Take an HIV test

This exam is mandatory for all mothers and usually done under the guidance of your gynecologist. Still, it’s good that the HIV test be done before having a child, because in this way seropositive mothers are

Find out what blood type you

Analyzes of blood is very important when you decide to have a child. Sometimes the mother is not compatible with the fetus, and this leads to anemia or even more serious problems for the child at birth. That’s why it’s important to know your blood type and Rh in particular. Inconsistency ABO blood groups or Rh triggers immunological incompatibility between the mother and her pregnancy. In such situations Rh disease occurs, a disease that can be treated during pregnancy with the condition to be detected.

Do family history of disease

It’s always better to be cautious, so do a family history of diseases and conditions, to identify possible genetic defects that can inherit baby. This is a very important step in family planning.

See your dentist at an early stage

Do not delay going to the dentist and fix your teeth problems before planning to become a mother. In addition, pay special attention to oral hygiene and daily use floss and mouthwash to eliminate bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria can cause periodontal inflammation, which may influence the occurrence of preeclampsia or other complications during pregnancy.

Do your best to reduce stress

Excessive stress can affect fertility, decreasing your chances of having a baby. Before you decide to get pregnant, do everything possible to get rid of stress in your life. Not only that it is unbalancing your hormone levels, but it weakens your immunity, making you vulnerable to disease. In addition, persistent anxiety states will generate sleeping issues, which will add to existing stress trapping yourself into a vicious circle.

Watch out for toxins

Although specialized studies have drawn clear lines about what types of toxins are associated with miscarriage, doctors advise you to avoid all harmful substances like tobacco, alcohol, drugs, caffeine. Avoid also extreme heat, so it’s better to give up the sauna and jacuzzi.

Share responsibilities with your husband

Talk openly with your partner about the responsibilities that will come with the birth of each baby and determine which tasks that each of you will accomplish, whether it’s domestic duties or taking care of the baby itself. It does not hurt to go out with all the details in place, to make sure that you properly share parenting responsibilities.

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  • Dr. Maureen Muoneke said:

    A woman must pay special attention to her diet. It is essential to consume a balanced diet comprising lots of fruits, nuts, vegetables, proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fibers, etc. Some nutrients are specially needed to prepare a body for conception. The doctor may prescribe some vitamin and calcium supplements and folic acid tablets. Deficiency of these nutrients can result in serious birth defects in the child.

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