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Things To Look Out For While Planning a Pregnancy


You need to look out for certain things during your pre pregnancy planning. If you want to have a healthy baby, and be more prepared emotionally, pre pregnancy planning is important to your well being and the well being of your child.

Your first step in pre pregnancy planning is to see your doctor. Make an appointment with your physician for a complete physical exam. Your doctor can discuss any potential health complications with you, and if there are any fertility problems you can resolve them before you try to get pregnant. Your doctor will also test for HIV, German measles, and sickle cell disease.

You need to ensure that you're eating a nutritious diet, as nutrition influences fertility and also largely contributes to your fetus health in the womb. You may not be getting enough folic acid, calcium and iron, so look for foods rich in these nutrients. Folic acid helps reduce your risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect, such as spina bifida. When you do become pregnant, you'll also need more calcium and iron for your baby's development. Women of childbearing age are recommended to take a folic acid supplement each day (400 micrograms).

Stay away from potentially toxic foods such as soft cheeses, which can cause food poisoning. Don't eat undercooked fish or meats, or fish that contains mercury like swordfish or shark. Stick to foods that are well cooked and easily digested.

Are you at a healthy weight? Being overweight or underweight not only puts you at risk for various health conditions, it can also impair your fertility. You may stop menstruating if you're underweight, for example, so get your weight in check before you decide to conceive. You can't diet while pregnant, so if you need to lose 10 pounds, now's the time to do it!

Don't let your lifestyle get in the way of conception and healthy pregnancy. If you drink or smoke, you'll have to quit before you get pregnant. These habits can affect fertility, and it may be more difficult to quit while under the stress of being pregnant. This also includes your workplace are there any chemicals or toxins that could damage a fetus? Certain paints and pesticides can cause birth defects, so make sure you eliminate workplace hazards before you conceive.

The more prepared you are for pregnancy, the more enjoyable the experience will be!

 


 
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