What to do before getting pregnant
Having a baby is one of the most exciting things that can happen to you. But you might be feeling nervous as well. If it’s your first baby, it’s hard to know what to expect. It’s better to plan your first baby if possible. So, you will be ready mentally and physically for the new life.
There are certain factors you should consider before getting pregnant.
Think about the lifestyle factors that might affect your ability to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy. Surprisingly, this applies to men too. You are more likely to get pregnant if you are both in good health.
If you smoke, stop it right now. We know that, it’s difficult to stop it suddenly, but you can control it by getting the right advice about stopping it. You can talk to your doctor / general practitioner.
If you stop smoking now, Stopping smoking will benefit both you and your baby immediately. Carbon monoxide and chemicals will clear from the body and oxygen levels will return to normal.
Every cigarette you smoke harms your baby. Cigarettes restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby. So their tiny heart has to beat harder every time you smoke. Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals. Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life.
It’s never too late to stop.
|Eat a balanced diet|
To achieve a healthy, balanced diet, it is important to eat at least three meals a day and not to skip breakfast. Each meal should be composed of a variety of foods from each food group and portion sizes should be moderated to control calorie intake. Dairy products, proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains, and Fats and oils. Include these in a proper proportion in your diet plan for balanced diet.
|Maintain a healthy weight|
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.
You should stop drinking alcohol if you are trying to conceive. If you are not able to discontinue it and prefer to choose to drink, then you should cut down the amount of alcohol you take. It’s better to avoid, but if you are drinking, you should not take more than one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week (1 unit = 10ml of pure alcohol)
|Do daily exercise|
Everyone knows the importance of exercise. It’s always advice to do exercise before and after pregnancy. Walking, Cycling, Yoga are the best example of daily exercise.
• If you or your partner take any medication, talk to your doctor about whether it will affect your pregnancy.
• Take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day. You should continue to take this until you are 12 weeks pregnant.
• If you have any health problem, for ex., mental health problems, hormonal problems, diabetes or a family history of any inherited diseases, talk to your General Practitioner or a specialist before you try to get pregnant.
• Talk to your GP or a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or need support.
Sourse – www.nhs.uk/