Ready for pregnancy? Yeah, I and hubby have decided to go for it!
This is how most women would answer such a question. Arrey baba! What we are asking is, have you “started preparing” for your pregnancy? Few women realize that the decision to have a baby should be preceded by some health and daily routine changes. Any woman deciding to conceive should start preparing for a healthy pregnancy as soon as possible. This requires a few lifestyle changes that are intended to protect both the mom-to-be and the child. Even if you are not a fitness freak, there are a few things that everyone can and should do before getting pregnant. Unless, of course, you get pregnant accidentally!
A healthy pregnancy should be supported by by good physical as well as good mental health. Here are some tips that will help you take care of the phyisial health part. We will discuss the mental health routine in our second article in the series.
• The first and very obvious thing you need to do before conceiving is to stop using your contraceptive. You will regain your normal fertility within a couple of weeks after stopping any form of contraception.
• One of the most important things you need to do before and during your pregnancy is to get some vitamins. Start taking a multivitamin that gives you at least 0.4-.8 mg of Folic Acid. Folic acid is useful in avoiding birth defects in the baby.
• If you are pregnant or are past your normal ovulation date, you must stop taking all medicines. Even if you are not sure whether or not you are pregnant, it is best if you start behaving as if you are!
• Lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking must be completely stopped for a healthy pregnancy.
• Getting into shape and bringing your weight to a healthy level is important before you conceive. But even if you are pregnant, a little exercise can be useful. Don’t do anything very strenuous. But a walk of 20-30 minutes might be good for you.
• Remember, Calcium is important for the bones of your child. So don’t forget to get at least 1200 mg of Calcium in your diet every day.
• Eat a well balanced diet rich in nutrition and low in fats, salt and spices. You need calcium, vitamins, protein, fiber and carbs.
• Review your and your husband’s family medical records with your doctor to see if your baby will be exposed to any threats or risks.
• The most important tip is that you should cut out all the stress and tension from your life. This is a phase where every thought and action of yours will affect someone else, i.e. your baby. So be happy and cheerful, always!