By Motherhood , Gynaecology
Did you know that care before your pregnant is as important as when you’re pregnant?
A healthy mum + healthy dad = healthy baby
Ideally, preconception care should be started at least three months prior to conceiving. In fact, all women should be thinking about their health even if they are not considering starting a family. One reason is that about half of the pregnancies are unplanned.
If you are trying to have a baby or are just thinking about it, it is not too early to start getting ready for pregnancy. Preconception health and health care focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. For some women, getting their body ready for pregnancy takes a few months. For other women, it might take longer. Whether this is your first, second, or sixth baby, the following are important steps to help you get ready for the healthiest pregnancy possible.
Five things to boost your preconception health
- Take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day. This will lower your risk of some birth defects such as spina bifida.
- Aim for an optimal BMI. A person’s BMI can affect their fertility status along with their health.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking can affect the women’s sexual and reproductive health as well as their long term health and that of their children. Women who smoke are twice more likely to be infertile or take longer to conceive than those who do not. In men, smoking affects the sperm morphology can cause low sperm count
- If you have a medical condition, be sure it is under control. Some conditions that can affect pregnancy or be affected by it include asthma, diabetes, oral health, obesity, or epilepsy.
- Seek advice if you’re taking any over-the-counter or prescribed medicines. These include dietary or herbal supplements. Be sure your vaccinations are up to date.
Preconception care can improve your chances of getting pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy, and having a healthy baby.