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GETTING READY FOR PREGNANCY

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Here’s what you should know

Pregnancy is one of the most important phases of a woman’s life. Nurturing and bringing up a tiny human in the uterus is no less than magic. When you a planning pregnancy, you have over a zillion thoughts and doubts about it. When your womb is going to be home for a tiny you, you need to make sure the baby gets everything it needs to grow and be healthy. In this article, we will be discussing everything that you need to know when you are planning pregnancy. Take a look at what you need to know when you are planning pregnancy! 

What are pregnancy preparations? 

To give birth to a new human, it is crucial for your body to be ready to host it, to nurture it. So pregnancy preparations come into the picture when you decide to get pregnant. These preparations should start even before you start trying to get pregnant. Consultation with a gynecologist, health check-ups, medical history, stress check, all of these factors is to be taken care of. All of this can be a little overwhelming, but here’s a step-by-step guide on where to start and how to go about this. The preparations of pregnancy can be divided into two parts – advance and pre-pregnancy preparations

Advance preparations

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These preparations should start about 3 months before you start trying to get pregnant. Some aspects or factors take this long to be in place and therefore the timeline. Planning pregnancy does not just revolve around planting a seed in fertile soil and give it love for it to bloom. Only if it was just that! Planning a pregnancy, making a baby needs you to make sure that the seed is of good quality, the soil is fertile and most importantly, the environment is suitable for the seed to sprout. Here are the points that you need to consider in advance while planning pregnancy. 

1. Health check-up – Before you start planning pregnancy, visit your gynecologist, get a check-up done to see if everything is fine with you and your partner and if you are ready to conceive. Get to know what needs to be done to increase the chances of conception, from your doctor. Go over your and your family’s medical history to determine any risks and discuss the precautions to be taken. While you are at it, also understand the possible risks associated with your regular medicines for issues such as headache, acidity, allergies, flu, etc. Get to know from your doctor if there is anything you need to avoid or be careful about. 

2. Learn about birth control measures – This depends on what kind of birth control measures you use. If you use a physical barrier such as condoms or a diaphragm for birth control, you can keep using it till you actually start trying to get pregnant. These are safer measures. Although, if you are on birth control pills, you might want to discuss it with your doctor and stop using them to increase the odds of conceiving. Birth control pills often cause hormonal fluctuations and can reduce your chances of getting pregnant. They can also affect ovulation for a long time in some women. 

3. Dental check-up – Dental health is crucial anyway, but it is more important to get a check-up done before you plan a pregnancy to check for any signs of infections. In pregnancy, due to fluctuating hormones, there is a risk of gum disease or periodontitis which can lead to tooth loss as a result of the destruction of the tooth. If needed, you can undergo dental treatments during pregnancy also, but it is better to get them done before you get pregnant to avoid medications, exposure to x-rays, and any infections

4. Underlying health conditions – For those who suffer from underlying health conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and an autoimmune disorder, it is better to get your regular check-ups done from time to time and to manage the conditions. Make sure the symptoms are under control before you plan pregnancy to avoid any further complications and risks to your baby. Get the routine check-ups done, check your regular medication doses, and run it by your doctor. 

5. Assess your weight – Being in a healthy weight category is advisable anytime, but if you are planning a pregnancy, this needs special attention. Being overweight can increase your risk of conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. There is a temporary rise in sugar levels during pregnancy called gestational diabetes, but in the case of overweight or obese women, they might become diabetic. It also increases the chances of having a cesarean delivery. Being underweight has a different set of risks associated with it, there is a risk of the baby being malnourished, and challenges in delivery. So focus on getting in the healthy weight category before you try to get pregnant. 

Pre-pregnancy preparations

After taking a look at the advance preparations, let us take a look at the pre-pregnancy preparations. These preparations are suggested about a month before you start trying to get pregnant. Here, you try to make your body ready for a change that is about to occur soon. You have to make sure you are healthy and ready. Here is what you need to look after 

1. Give up on some habits – Habits refer to smoking and drinking alcohol here. Smoking can lead to infertility and can cause pregnancy issues such as stillbirth, preterm labor, birth defects, etc. Alcohol consumption is also harmful to your baby. It can also cause birth defects, low birth weight babies, and a risk of miscarriage. 

2. Limit caffeine consumption Excessive caffeine consumption has been linked to fertility problems. It is associated with pregnancy issues such as miscarriage, low birth weight babies, preterm labor, and birth defects. It is okay if you do not quit coffee entirely, but make sure the consumption is in moderation. 

3. Stay on a healthy lifestyle streak A balanced diet, supplements to correct nutritional deficiencies if required, and workout – these are the three most important factors when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. See to it that you consume a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits for the vitamin and mineral goodness. 

4. Mental health – Mental health is as important as physical health is. You don’t just prepare yourself for a pregnancy physically, you also need to be prepared mentally. For this, get help if you have any issues related to stress or anxiety. Practice activities such as meditation, sparing time for your hobby, listening to calm music, etc. to ensure mental health. Declutter all the stress-causing factors to make your mind healthy and ready. 

Takeaway

Contradicting popular belief, women are incredibly strong which is why they have been assigned the responsibility of giving birth. It is said that a woman becomes a mother when she conceives, not when she gives birth. Because it is since then that he starts nurturing the baby. This phase is as important health-wise, as it is special. Pregnancy is one of the most important phases of a woman’s life. So before you get ready to welcome your newborn, make sure your body is ready to host it for 9 months. Get adequate help and make sure your mind and body, both are healthy as well as ready.

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