It is very important to stay healthy during your pregnancy, but it is even more necessary to take care of yourself even before your baby is born. Your preconception health can help improve your chances of getting pregnant and reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. If you want to get pregnant, make sure you start focusing on your health at least 3 months before you start trying to conceive. Here is a pre-conception check-list for every mom:
- Go for a preconception checkup: When you’ve made up your mind to start trying for a baby, make sure to see a doctor before you do. This helps your doctor check if everything is alright and that your body is ready for pregnancy. They can also identify, treat and prevent health conditions that can affect your pregnancy.
- Take folic acid: You need at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day to sustain your pregnancy. However, you can start taking it when you plan on getting pregnant. Folic acid is a B vitamin that every cell in your body needs for healthy growth and development. Taking it before and during early pregnancy can help protect your baby from birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects.
- Find out about your family health history: Your family health history records are important when you’re trying to get pregnant. It means checking your partner, parents or others in your family for any health condition that they may have. It will help your doctor find out about any long-term health conditions that run in your family and take preventive action against the same.
- Watch your weight: Being overweight or underweight can cause a lot of health problems during pregnancy. Therefore, make sure you get to optimum weight for your height and stay healthy before you start trying to conceive. Our doctors at KIMS Cuddles can help you with the right weight for you.
- Check your medications: Some medicines are not safe to take when you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. They may be harmful to your baby when you do get pregnant. Ask your doctor about how safe your medications are and they may help you with other alternatives for the same.
- Get health conditions treated: Chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure can affect your chances of conceiving. Make sure you have these under control even before you try to get pregnant. Your doctor can help you with the right treatment for the same.
- Stay up to date on Vaccination: Make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations before you get pregnant. These can help prevent infections like chickenpox and rubella that can harm you and your baby during pregnancy.
- Avoid infections: Stay safe before pregnancy by adopting a stricter hygiene routine. Wash your hands well, avoid consuming undercooked meats, and avoid sharing food, glasses or utensils with young children to stay safe from viruses and infections.
These are some of the things that you can do before you start trying to conceive. Take care of your health before pregnancy and you can enjoy a smoother, healthier pregnancy. Talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles to know more about precautions to take before getting pregnant.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.