Preparing the body well in advance before conceiving will help greatly in having a healthy pregnancy. Even partner's health is important for conception to occur as healthy sperms are required for getting pregnant. Given here are some tips for initiating a healthy pregnancy. A healthy pregnancy will lead to a healthy childbirth.
There are many factors that are responsible for conception and for a healthy pregnancy. A couple should be in a good state of health in order to improve the chances of conception and pregnancy. It is important for a woman to prepare her body for pregnancy so that it is easier to conceive and carry a pregnancy for the period of nine months in a healthy manner. At the same time it is important for a man to be healthy in order to produce a healthy sperm.
Is there any merit to waiting before trying to conceive?
Allow time - say about three to six months to get into shape, start good habits and get rid of any bad ones. Your partner's health in the couple of months before you conceive is particularly important because it takes 70 days for sperm to develop.
Top 10 tips for initiating a healthy pregnancy
Here are 10 tips for preparing your body for healthy pregnancy.
Talk to Your Doctor about Medications
Check with your doctor that all medications you are taking are safe during pregnancy. A pregnancy should be as medication free as possible. Some medications can cause birth defects in foetus and some may even cause miscarriage. Therefore, it is a must to inform your doctor if you are taking any medicine while planning a baby.
Discuss About Illnesses
Discuss any family illnesses, especially diabetes, hypertension and TB with your doctor. These illnesses may also have an impact on your foetus as well as your health during pregnancy. If you are coping with such illnesses, you doctor may suggest appropriate measures to have a healthy pregnancy.
Take a test for German Measles (Rubella). On the basis of your family history and your medical history, your doctor may also advice you to undergo some more tests if required.
Try to stop smoking (both you and your partner). Smoking is very harmful to foetus and can cause birth defects. So, it is important to quit smoking before you get pregnant. It is necessary to avoid second hand smoke as well during pregnancy.
Have a Healthy Diet
Eat a variety of foods with as much fresh food as possible. Include fresh fruits, green vegetables and foods that are rich in essential nutrients like folic acid, iron, calcium etc.
Take Folic Acid Supplements
Start taking folic acid supplements as per your doctorâ€™s prescription. Taking folic acid supplements is very important to prevent birth defects of spinal cord like spina bifida as well as birth defects of brain.
Avoid Taking Alcohol
Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol intake during pregnancy can cause harm to brain and spinal cord cells of the baby. Therefore, it is better to quit this habit while planning your pregnancy.
Make a Note of Harmful Foods
Certain foods are not safe to be consumed during pregnancy. As such you must make a note of such foods and avoid them while planning to get pregnant and during pregnancy. Avoid mould ripened soft cheeses, liver products, and raw or lightly cooked eggs
Start exercising so that you tone your muscles. Practising yoga can also improve your chances of getting pregnant.
If you are going to have an X-ray, even a dental X-ray, mention to your doctor that you may be pregnant. X-rays emit harmful radiations which can affect the foetus.
Taking right precautions while planning a baby can help to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. If you are on birth control pills, stop taking them right away. Follow your doctorâ€™s advice and have a complication free pregnancy.
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- The Indiaparenting Team