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Health Issues Things To Be Wary of During Pre Pregnancy Planning


Pre pregnancy planning is always a good idea you'll be more prepared for the changes that pregnancy and birth will bring, and can also treat any medical conditions that could cause complications for you or your baby.

You need to make an appointment with your physician before you conceive. Your doctor will give you a complete physical, including a Pap test, to check for any abnormalities of the cervix and uterus. Certain health issues like hypertension and diabetes can be controlled during pregnancy, but it's important to be aware of them before you conceive. Your pregnancy will be considered high risk if you have hypertension, as it can cause fetal death or separation of the placenta. Learning how to manage health conditions before you get pregnant is essential to your health, and your doctor can start you on a diet and exercise plan that will give you the best chance for a healthy pregnancy.

Your doctor will also be able to determine if there are fertility problems that could prevent you from conceiving. There are many treatments available for male and female infertility, such as drugs and surgery.

You must discuss your medical history with your doctor, as health issues from your past can play a role in your conception and pregnancy. Past sexually transmitted diseases can cause infertility, and can even be transmitted to your child through birth.

If you're over 35, your doctor will advise you of the risks and complications that can occur in older women who become pregnant. He or she will probably recommend genetic testing, and may refer you to a genetic counselor. Depending on your ethnic background, your physician will test for sickle cell disease and Tay-Sachs disease, which are far more prevalent in certain ethnic groups.

You may be exposed to toxins in your workplace or home that you'll need to avoid during conception and pregnancy. Heavy metals, paints and pesticides can damage the fetus, so if you work around chemicals you'll need to avoid exposure. At home, raw meat and kitty litter can cause toxoplasmosis, which can cause premature labor or infant death.

Your lifestyle can make a huge difference in the health of your child. A healthy diet and exercise can help with conception, while bad diet choices and unhealthy habits may impair fertility. If you smoke or drink, you need to stop before you conceive. Even a few cigarettes a day is doing you damage, and women who smoke during pregnancy have a higher risk of having a low birth weight baby, or an infant who dies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

 


 
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