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Pregnancy Planning Checklist

Pregnancy Planning Checklist


Planning your pregnancy can help prepare you physically and mentally for the changes that will definitely occur once you conceive. Also, pregnancy pre-planning can increase your chances of having a healthy baby since you are paying more attention to your health and well-being. Here are some tips for planning for parenthood:

See your doctor. Before you conceive, you should have a complete physical, including a Pap test and internal exam. Your doctor will discuss your medical history, as well as any chronic conditions or health risks that may interfere with a healthy pregnancy. You will be tested for various diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases.

Cut out bad habits. If you smoke, you need to stop before you get pregnant. Smoking can harm your baby's development, and it may be more difficult to quit once you get pregnant. If you drink alcohol or use recreational drugs, you must discontinue these before conception, as they can cause mental or physical defects to the fetus.

While some doctors maintain that one cup of coffee each day is fine, most mothers choose to eliminate it from their diet, as it has been linked to a higher risk of miscarriage or hyperactivity in children in some studies.

Maintain a healthy weight. If you are underweight or overweight, now is the time to deal with the problem. If you are underweight, there is a good chance you will be unable to conceive, as your period will be irregular or not come at all. If you are overweight, you may also have trouble getting pregnant, or if you do get pregnant, you will be at a higher risk for numerous complications that occur because of the extra pounds. Also, you won't be able to diet at all once you conceive, so start eating healthy foods and aiming for regular exercise each day.

Check your financial situation. Having a baby can be very expensive, especially if you do not have the proper health care coverage. Look into your medical insurance does it cover prenatal care as well as delivery? What about Cesarean sections? Your plan may not cover certain treatments, appointments, or alternative medical care such as a midwife or doula.
If you are employed, research your employer's maternity leave policy. Work out a budget that you can stick to each month, and determine how much income your family will be making once the baby is born. If you can, set aside money each month to cover expenses in case money gets tight.

 


 
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