A well-planned pregnancy is no doubt the healthiest pregnancy and this is precisely why it is advised that pregnancy should be by choice and not by chance. If you have decided to embark on the family path then it is never too early to start planning the pregnancy. Sign up for a preconception health check up that is all about what needs to be done before conception and also once the pregnancy has been confirmed. Once pregnancy has successfully progressed to the third trimester you can start thinking about putting down a detailed birth plan.
In the case of some women with certain medical conditions, it could take longer than others to prepare the body for pregnancy. Risky conditions may need to be treated first before making the body favorable for having a baby. Here are some pointers on how you can plan your pregnancy in the healthiest possible way;
Create an actionable plan – This can include every goal that you hope to achieve in your journey towards motherhood.
Fix a doctor’s appointment – Once conception plans have started rolling talk to your doctor about preconception health care. Make sure you discuss your health history and any medical conditions you currently have that could affect a pregnancy or if this is not the first pregnancy, discuss any previous pregnancy problems, medicines that you currently are taking, vaccinations that you might need, and steps you can take before pregnancy to prevent certain birth defects.
Focus on treating medical conditions – To ensure that the pregnancy progresses without any risk factors or complications, get medical conditions treated first. Conditions like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), diabetes, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases could be dangerous if left untreated for both mother and baby.
Make lifestyle adjustments – If you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs, if you live in a stressful environment, or if you work with or live around toxic substances, take the help of professionals that can guide you with counseling, treatment, and other support services. Practice healthy eating and regular physical activity to achieve weight goals.
Aim for staying medication-free – Certain medicines can cause serious birth defects when taken during pregnancy. This can be anything from over-the-counter medications and dietary or herbal supplements or even acne medications. Some herbal teas can also be harmful. Based on the product, the doctor can suggest safer alternatives or dose alterations. Some long-term birth control, such as progestin injections may lead to the fertility taking longer to get back on track.
Folic acid is the holy grail – The baby’s neural tube which becomes the brain and spinal cord develops during the first month of pregnancy. Folic acid will need to be started ideally three months before conception as this plays a crucial role in preventing neural tube defects. Take 400 Micrograms of Folic Acid on a daily basis once you start thinking of conceiving.
Vaccinations – Ensure that your vaccinations are current. Taking the right vaccinations at the right time can help keep both mother and baby healthy without getting very sick or having lifelong health problems. The doctor can advise on the shots required to be taken before conception, during pregnancy and also after delivery. Preconception care can include blood tests to check for immunity and taking necessary vaccinations.
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