How To Prepare For Pregnancy
The big question that every upcoming parent has, how do I prepare for pregnancy? The old saying that “no one is ever really prepared” has some truth to it, but there are things you can do to help your situation. Here at Valley Medical Clinic, we can help out by giving you some advice and guidance on what to do before or during your pregnancy if you just found out.
No one is ever “prepared” for their first, or sometimes even second, or third, child. It’s understandable because we take precautions to avoid pregnancy. Even if you are trying to have a child, there are various things that can go right or wrong when preparing for pregnancy. The good thing is, it doesn’t matter if you’re prepared or find out suddenly like many that you’re going to have a child, you can embark on a healthy path.
The easiest step, if you’re aware early enough, is a preconception check-up. This can help you prepare for any lifestyle changes as you prepare for pregnancy. This check-up helps healthcare providers spot things that need to change or help prevent health conditions that could affect your pregnancy. Bring along your family’s health records on both sides will help make this check-up easier and more efficient.
Things like health conditions that run in your family or even your ethnic group can help identify conditions during this check-up. It can also set you on a path to treat current health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure to help improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby. Doctors can also help identify the cause of conditions from a previous pregnancy during this visit as well.
Watching Weight For Two
Your weight affects your pregnancy more than you may realize. You’re much more likely to have health problems during your pregnancy if you’re over or even underweight. Two of the significant ways weight can affect your pregnancy are:
Premature Birth: This happens if the birth happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Premature babies can show signs of health problems at birth and later in life as well.
Birth Defects: This can be a number of health conditions that appear at birth, they can range in shape and function, and can have no effect at all. However, some congenital disabilities can cause problems in how the body develops and works.
Eating a healthy, nutritious diet, while limiting your junk and fatty foods are your best option. This can also mean changing your diet completely to ensure that both you and your child have a healthy and successful pregnancy and birth. Things like smoking and drinking must get cut out immediately. Even secondhand smoke could affect what goes on during pregnancy.
Staying Physically Active
You don’t need to begin training to be a super-mom, but staying active can do wonders for your pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests 2 ½ hours a week of moderate to intense physical activity. Something like speed walking or strength training 2-3 days a week can easily cover that amount of time. This can help build a healthy diet and help any weight issues that we named above. This will help keep both you and your baby safe from health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions. It will also help alleviate stress and help you sleep better at night.
Cut The Medications
Many over the counter medications and prescription drugs can affect your child and cause congenital disabilities. People who are under prescriptions and are planning, or find out that they’re pregnant should contact their doctor as soon as possible. Getting your pre-pregnancy check-up is the best and safest way to sort this out early on. If you’re under some opioid prescription, you must consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Rely On Your Partner
We understand that this is not always the situation. Although, having someone to help you with encouragement and emotional support can be helpful and important for your mental health. Especially if you have to undergo significant lifestyle changes as you get ready or experience pregnancy.
Also, just as it’s important for the woman to maintain her health and change up her diet to have a healthy pregnancy and child, the same thing goes for the male in the relationship. Your partner or sperm donors health factors mean just as much. Significant factors such as alcohol consumption, smoking or using tobacco, steroids, drugs, prescription and over the counter drugs, excessive heat, and an unhealthy diet are all important.
Valley Medical Pregnancy Precautions
Here at Valley Medical Clinic, we can help you throughout your entire pregnancy journey. From your first to your last-child, from planning to vaccinations, we can help. Contact us today to begin your consultation or come by our offices for more information. Your family’s health matters to us every step of the way.