Something You Should Know While Preparing For Pregnancy

Something You Should Know While Preparing For Pregnancy

Posted Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:42
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Something You Should Know While Preparing For Pregnancy

1. Give up alcohol, smoking, and drugs:

If you smoke, drink, or do drugs, you should quit them now. Tobacco and drugs can lead to premature birth, miscarriage, and low birth weight in babies. Some drugs remain in blood stream even after the effects wear off. Men who smoke will have reduced semen volume and low sperm count. Second-hand smoking could also affect your ability to conceive. So quit them while you're preparing for pregnacy.

2. Focus on your mental health:
You should be in a good state of mind when you want to conceive. You should be happy as it otherwise affects your ability to conceive. While it is natural for you to be worried, sad, stressed, or depressed sometimes, if you are constantly negative, talk to your mother, relatives, or partner. You could also seek some professional help and discuss your feelings and treatment options. Yoga and meditation can also help beat stress.

3. Get to know your family history (yours and your partner's):
This is one of the important things to do before getting pregnant. To learn about yours and your spouse's medical history to find out about any genetic disorders or health problems. It will help you take measures to mitigate the risk of passing them over to the baby.

4. Start taking folic acid:
Folic acid is important as it reduces the chances of birth defects such as spina bifida in babies, and strengthens their spinal muscles. The doctor usually prescribes folic acid supplements at least one month before pregnancy . According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should take about 400mcg of folic acid every day.

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