Factors To Consider Before Pregnancy

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Schedule a preconception visit

Before you getting to pregnant you should meet your family doctor for preconception check-up. Your doctor will review your

personal and family medical history, your present health, and any medications you're taking.

Certain medications are dangerous during pregnancy, and some have to be switched before you even try to conceive because they're stored in your body's fat and can linger there.

And also discuss about diet, weight, exercise, and any unhealthy habits with you; recommend a multivitamin; test you for immunity to childhood diseases such as chicken pox, rubella and etc.; and answer any questions you have. If it's been a year since you had a check-up. , you can also expect to have a pelvic exam and a pap smear, to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases and to genetic testing for specific conditions such as sickle cell disease, Tay-Sachs, or cystic fibrosis, based on their ethnic background or family history, if you're at risk.

Take folic acid (and watch out for vitamin A)

Folic acid supplement is crucial before the pregnancy according to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), By taking 400 mcg of folic acid a day for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester, you can cut your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects. Taking folic acid helps prevent some other birth defects as well.

You can buy folic acid supplements at the drugstore, or you can take a prenatal or regular multivitamin. But you have to make sure they contain the 400 mcg of folic acid you need and Also check to make sure that your multivitamin doesn't contain more than the recommended daily allowance of 770 mcg RAE (2,565 IU) of vitamin A, unless most of it's in a form called beta-carotene. Getting too much of a certain kind of vitamin A can cause birth defects.

Give up drinking, smoking, and drugs and use healthy foods

You have to stop drinking and smoking and using drugs before you get pregnant.  Plentiful studies have shown that smoking or taking drugs can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, low-birth weight babies and tobacco use can affect your fertility and lower your partner's sperm count even second hand smoke may affect your chances of getting pregnant. Alcohol can also get in the way of getting pregnant. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects and a host of other problems for your developing baby.

You're not still eating for your baby, but you should start making nutritious food choices now so that your body will be stocked up with the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. Try to add vegetables, fruits, grains and foods with calcium such as milk, yogurts and foods with variety of proteins such as beans, nuts, seeds, soy products, poultry, and meats.

Other factors

You have to consider about your economy before you get pregnant. Whether you can tolerate expenses for a new baby and you have to deliberate are you in a position to be a mother. You have to consider about your children if you have. How will they react about a new baby if u gets pregnant? Also you have to think about your job. Is this a busy time in your job or are you doing a risky job which will harm to your baby.

And you have to stop using birth control tablets if you are using them without using condoms or diaphragm. You have to consider about you weight as well. If you're not in a healthy range, losing or gaining weight may give you the boost you need to conceive. Getting to a healthier weight can also help you get your pregnancy off on the right foot.

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