5 Things You Can Do To Prepare For A Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy and prenatal care are associated with healthy pregnancy. For the first trimester of pregnancy, prenatal care includes conversations about lifestyle, physical exams, blood tests and much more. Pregnancy is an existing process that requires your complete involvement. But before you get pregnant, you should know about preconception health. This is when you start conditioning your body for a healthy pregnancy. Preconception preparation usually starts 3 months before getting pregnant.

5 things you can do to prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy:

  1. Be sure your medical conditions are under control
  2. For 3 months before pregnancy take 400 to 800 mg of Folic Acid daily
  3. Avoid contact with toxic substances or materials
  4. Stop drinking alcohol and smoking
  5. Talk to your physician about any over-the-counter or prescription medications

Early prenatal care is a critical part of a healthy pregnancy, even if it is your third or first pregnancy. Selecting a doctor to coordinate your care during, before and during pregnancy is really important. You can use Provider Finder ® to see providers and hospitals that specialize in maternity care. Be aware of the reputations and history of your provider, no matter if they’re a family physician, obstetrician or midwife. Here's what to expect during the first few prenatal appointments.

Your first prenatal doctors visit
As soon as you think you're pregnant, schedule your first prenatal appointment. You and your health care provider have plenty to discuss! Set aside enough time for the visit. You may want to include your partner in the appointment as well, but only if that makes you comfortable.

Expect the following at your first prenatal visit:

  • Physical exam
  • Blood and urine samples collected for lab work
  • Review of your medical history
  • Screening tests for fetal abnormalities
  • Share the date of your last menstrual cycle
  • Conversations about your lifestyle

What to remember when you’re pregnant

  • Talk to your doctor about any prescription and non-prescription drugs you are taking. This includes herbal and dietary supplements.
  • Don’t take very hot baths or use hot tubs or saunas.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium rich foods, and foods low in saturated fat. Also drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t eat uncooked or undercooked meats or fish high in mercury. Always clean, cook and store food properly.

Your health and your baby’s health is very important. The best way to make sure you’re both ready for the big day is to see your doctor regularly and follow his orders.

REFERENCES:
Pregnancy week by week
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-care/art-20044882

Prenatal Care
http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/prenatal-care.pdf

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