7 Health Tips For Women Who Are Planning To Have A Baby

Date December 12, 2017

If you are planning to have a baby, there are some issues you have to consider. First of all, you have to be physically and mentally prepared to get pregnant. And for this, you may need to make some changes in your habits and lifestyle to minimize your own risk of health problems and the risks for your baby.

Here are 7 tips to make your pregnancy go smoothly:

1. Work with your doctor.

Before you start trying to conceive, you should talk to your doctor first. If you have a health condition, e.g. diabetes or a thyroid disorder, you need to make sure it’s under control and will not interfere with your pregnancy. If you’re taking any medicines, ask your doctor whether it’s safe to use them while pregnant.

Discuss with your doctor what vaccines and tests you need before conception. And if you or your partner has a family history of inherited disorders, ask your doctor whether you need genetic counseling.

2. Check your mental health.

Pregnancy can either improve or aggravate certain mental health conditions. It’s possible to have a mental health problem and be unaware of it. If you have constant unexplained mood swings, your levels of energy change dramatically, or you’re sad or anxious most of the time, consult a mental health professional. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health condition, you may want to discuss your plans to get pregnant with your therapist.

3. Ditch harmful habits.

Alcohol, smoking and illicit drugs are known to cause severe birth defects, miscarriages, premature birth and other pregnancy problems. If you or your partner has trouble giving up the use of alcohol and drugs and smoking, ask your doctor about programs that can help you quit.

4. Take a folic acid supplement.

You probably get some folic acid (which is one of the B vitamins) from your diet, but the recommended amount for pregnant women is higher than for others. Women should take 400 mcg of folic acid daily before pregnancy and during the first month.

5. Take a mindful approach towards exercise.

It’s beneficial for a woman to get into shape before getting pregnant. Healthy women who don’t experience any complications are usually allowed to do light to moderate exercise. The type of exercise you can do will also depend on your term. Water aerobics and certain yoga positions are good options for you, and there are exercise plans designed specifically for pregnant women.

6. Maintain a normal weight.

Of course, you will gain some weight during pregnancy. But women who are underweight or overweight may develop complications during pregnancy and delivery. Healthy, steady weight gain or weight loss is recommended before conception.

7. Make healthier dietary choices.

Pregnant women or women who are planning to conceive may need more of certain nutrients than other people. Dietary recommendations for pregnant women are generally the same as for other people, but you may want to consult a nutritionist to adjust your diet.

In a nutshell, pregnant women are recommended to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, seafood such as salmon, tuna, and shrimp, whole grains, low-fat milk and dairy products.

They should also limit foods high in fat, sugar, and sodium (salt). You may want to ask your doctor about dietary supplements, especially if you are a vegetarian or vegan. If you drink coffee and other caffeinated beverages, keep in mind that the upper limit of caffeine for pregnant women is 200 mg a day.

Source: CDC, WebMD, MedicineNet

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.

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