Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Get Prepared for Life During Pregnancy

CHILDREN AND MOTHERS NEVER TRULY PART; they bound in the beating of each other hearts.” – Charlotte Gray has penned it right! But does this unbreakable bonding come as simply and as easily as it is expressed in words? The experience of becoming a mom is something that touches the heart, soul, mind and body of a female and therefore it needs a proper understanding to get ready for pregnancy.
There are a lot of things to be mindful of now that you’re planning for precious cargo. If you are set in mood to carry your bundle of joy, then here the list of pregnancy do’s and don’ts to help you have a smooth pregnancy and a healthy, happy baby.

Plan ahead to get prepared
Evaluate your daily habits and take some time to make the necessary changes for you and your future baby. Emotionally, you should be ready to commit to a lifetime of parenthood. Also whether you have any ongoing medication or not, you must visit your doctor to discuss these points so as to know your ability and well being to carry a womb:
• Medications, vitamins, herbs or supplements you’re taking. Some medicines and supplements are not safe to take during pregnancy.
• Any conditions you are being treated for, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or thyroid disease, or any sexually transmitted infections.
• Your personal and family health history.
• Previous pregnancy complications.
• High-risk behaviors such as smoking, drinking and doing drugs.
Not many women think to schedule an appointment with the ob-gyn before they start trying to conceive. But studies show that many health complications can be avoided with good preconception planning.

Life during pregnancy
A baby is most susceptible to get harm in the early weeks of pregnancy; therefore getting prenatal care as soon as you know you’re pregnant (or, if possible, before you conceive) and seeing your health care provider regularly as your pregnancy progresses are vital to you and your baby’s health. Visit your doctor once a month for the first 28 weeks, thereafter every two to three weeks until week 37, and then weekly until you deliver. Your each visit will include checking your blood pressure, testing your urine for protein and glucose, and listening to the baby’s heartbeat and measuring to see that your baby is growing well.

Nutrition, vaccination and tests
Eating a wholesome diet, with at least five servings of fruit and good amount of water and milk, is one of the best things you can do for your health and that of your little one. Certain vitamins and minerals are also critical for a healthy, growing baby that needs to be supplemented as they are hard to get through diet alone. So if your doctor recommends taking a prenatal vitamin, look for one that includes folic acid (400 to 800 mcg, or 0.4 to 0.8 milligrams, or mg), iron (30 mg), calcium (250 mg), vitamin D (400 international units, or IU), vitamin C (50 mg), vitamin B-6 (2 mg), copper (2 mg), zinc (15 mg), and potassium iodide (150 mcg).
With your appetite concerns, your immune system also needs attention as it too provides protection to your developing baby as well, so it’s important that all of your immunizations are up to date before becoming pregnant. Certain diseases, including rubella (German measles), can pose a serious threat to you and your unborn baby and are preventable by vaccination.

So get the following vaccinations before pregnancy:
• MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
• Flu
• Varicella (chicken pox)
• HPV (in women 26 and younger)
• Hepatitis A and hepatitis B (if you’re at risk)
• Tdap vaccine (adult tetanus, toxoid reduced diphtheria toxoid, acellular pertussis) between 27 and 36 weeks gestational age regardless of whether or not you’ve been vaccinated previously
Don’t delay in getting your shots. Live vaccines, such as the MMR vaccine, should be given at least one month before becoming pregnant

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