In the preconception period, to be able to favorably influence your baby’s health, it is very important to look after your health. Not only is your health, the health of your partner is equally important.
All women and men can benefit from preconception health, even if they do not plan to have a baby. It’s all about staying at optimum health. Because it is possible that you may have an unplanned pregnancy.
If you take control of your life and live healthy, it makes you feel good about yourself. That is the best way to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. No matter if this your first baby or not, it is important to take steps to get ready for a healthy pregnancy.
Take advice on contraception and use effective birth control till you are ready to conceive.
Eat healthy! Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat grain, use healthy oils such as monounsaturated oils and stay away from saturated oils and trans- fats. Add plenty of fiber to your diet and take the right amount of protein.
Take 400 micrograms of Folic acid daily
Stay active. Try to get 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. Consistency is the key. Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Try to stay away from infections and make sure that your vaccination shots are up to date.
Stop smoking and limit alcohol intake to less than seven drinks a week and definitely stop while trying to get pregnant. Having alcohol while pregnant can cause birth defects.
Reduce your levels of stress and stay mentally healthy. Try practicing a form of meditation and be aware of how you react to stressful situations. This alone can dramatically reduce your stress levels.
Before getting pregnant, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss your health history and any medical conditions you currently have that could affect a pregnancy. He or she also will discuss any previous pregnancy problems, medicines that you currently are taking, vaccinations that you might need, and steps you can take before pregnancy to prevent certain birth defects.
Manage your medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, asthma or weight issues.