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Prepare your body before Conception - Part II


The nine months of pregnancy puts a lot of stress on your body so optimising your body's health before trying to conceive will make that period happier and healthier -
 

Quit Alcohol, Tobacco, Caffeine And Illegal Drugs 

  • As it is not known whether there is a safe level of alcohol consumption for the fetus, women should quit drinking before attempting to conceive. No form of alcohol is safer than any other. Beer and wine are just as bad for the baby as hard liquor. Some studies suggest that women who drink before pregnancy tend to have smaller babies. Persistent and significant drinking during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, as a result of which infants may be born with brain, heart, and nervous system problems, distinctive facial abnormalities, and mental retardation. 
  • Smoking increases your chances of a miscarriage during the first trimester. Mothers who smoke are also more likely to go into premature labor; have a premature rupture of membranes; experience third trimester bleeding; have slower fetal growth, and deliver underweight babies. Prospective fathers who smoke should also quit, as exposure to "passive smoking" during pregnancy is also harmful. Smoking also impairs a woman's fertility. Smoking affects sperm and may impair male fertility too. You can't count on quitting smoking overnight, so it's best to start trying to withdraw from cigarettes well before attempting to conceive. 
  • Pregnant women should limit themselves to the equivalent of one cup of coffee daily. Caffeine may increase the risk of late first or second trimester miscarriage. So start weaning much before conception. 
  • Illegal drugs are bad for your health, whether or not you are pregnant and they can only harm a baby. If you use them, it's imperative to stop before trying to conceive


Get Yourself In Shape 

Control Your Weight 

Overweight women have problems conceiving, have increased chances of developing diabetes or hypertension during pregnancy and are more likely to need a cesarean section. You cannot loose weight once pregnant so act before conceiving. Underweight women are more likely to give birth to underweight, premature babies. So it is important to get as close as possible to your optimal weight before conception. 

Exercise Regimen 

Women who are physically fit tolerate pregnancy and delivery better. Ideally an exercise program should be started 1 year before becoming pregnant, but at 3 months before conception, will give your body a chance to adjust to the additional physical activity before facing the added challenges of carrying a child. If you haven't exercised before, start slowly. Consult your physician before starting the exercise regime. Likewise, see a doctor if you experience any symptoms during exercise. Resistance exercises, in which you lift weights so that your muscles are working against something, help strengthen your muscles, which will help you recover more quickly from labor and delivery and give you more strength to carry the baby after birth. Exercises to strengthen the back can be helpful in offsetting back pain, which is a very common problem during pregnancy.

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Solar Marshall.8 years ago
this is a great site and i enjoy reading it. i will tell others
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diya.8 years ago
this site is a great guide for people like me
 
 
 
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ashwin.8 years ago
definitely a great resource for people like us planning to have children. keep it up!
 
 
 
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mikel.8 years ago
conception
 
 
 
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shup.8 years ago
this site is really helpful as it really gives u all the information u want
 
 
 
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Sonia.8 years ago
i am suprised the site does not mention anything about taking over the counter medication under the 'prepare your body for conception'. i would like to advise all women who are planning to get and are pregnant to check with your family doctor before taking any over the counter medications such as cough syrups, headache pills and the likes. some of these can be harmful. so do check with your doctor.
 
 
 
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Jia.8 years ago
the site does not mention anything about getting mmr (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine 3 months prior to conception. in the us, most doctors recommend getting the mmr if you test negative to any of the above.
 
 
 
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Kal.8 years ago
it's really a great site.
 
 
 
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swapna.8 years ago
wants to know how to detect ovulation date if have irregular periods
 
 
 
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durga.8 years ago
this article is really helpful.
 
 
 
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