There are a large number of health issues that a woman needs
to take care of once she decides to get pregnant. It is for her well-being as
well as for the well-being of her child. Given below is a brief description of
the health issues that she should keep in mind:
Focus on Regular
Intake of Folic Acid
It is advisable to take 400mg of folic
acid regularly before getting
pregnant and also during the early stages of pregnancy. This is important
as the brain and spinal cord of the baby are in the initial developmental
stages. This can also be a part of the regular vitamin intake where you are
required to check whether the desired amount of folic acid is present in it.
Natural folate can be obtained from the fortified breakfast cereals, as well as
from the green leafy vegetables, beans and orange juice.
Checkup is Very Important
You should discuss with your healthcare provider how
pregnancy can affect your body and advise you to stay healthy. He can suggest a
medication review if you are on any and decide on the dates of immunizations.
The sexually transmitted diseases and infections can be checked and also
suggest on ways to prevent childhood diseases like chicken-pox and rubella.
Get Fit and Maintain
a Healthy Weight and Diet
Regular intake of nutritious food is very important during
pregnancy. High fat, sugar and caffeine must be avoided as they bar you from
getting pregnant in the first place. If obesity is a problem, itâ€™s advisable to
lose weight and in this matter the BMI (body mass index) should be the decider
on what should be your ideal weight. Exercising is a great way to stay fit and
cope with day-to-day stress. Before and during pregnancy seek advice from
professionals on exercises that are safe as well as beneficial.
Stop Active and
Smoking can prevent you from getting pregnant apart from the
fact that it can cause innumerable other health
hazards. Smoking also causes immense damage to the unborn baby and according to
studies it also slows down the development of the baby inside the womb. So come
out of the habit of smoking much before you decide to get pregnant and also
make a point to stay away from passive smoking.
Avoid Alcohol and
Any variant of alcohol should be avoided. It can expose the
mother to the risk of miscarriage apart from acute physical and mental issues.
Street drugs can bar you from getting pregnant, cause miscarriage
or pre-term delivery. Even prescription medicines must be taken after
consulting with the healthcare provider.
Infections can dangerously affect the development of the
fetus. So the mother needs to stay in hygienic conditions and avoid unsafe
food. Fruits and vegetables must be thoroughly washed under running water and
meat and eggs must be properly cooked. Stay away from handling soil and cat
litter as they can contain parasites that result in an acute infection called
Toxoplasmosis. Also ensure sexual hygiene.
Stay Away From Stress
and Hazardous Substances
Stress is bad both for the mother and the baby. It can cause
miscarriage and low birth-weight. Pesticides, cleaning solvents all contain
string chemicals and should be avoided. Also stay away from paints and also the
lead that is present in old water-pipes. It is important to always wear gloves
while working and cleaning in the house and ensure staying and working in a
Finally, it is important that the dad also takes care
of his health along with the mom when she is pregnant or while planning
pregnancy. Staying fit, exercising, a healthy diet and avoiding smoking,
drinking and drugging can promise you a healthy bundle of joy.