Pre-pregnancy and Pregnancy Health Tips
Whether you are planning to have a baby or are currently expecting, it is good to know what steps you can take to protect yourself and the little baby in your dreams. It’s easy to focus on names and nursery decorations, but how to take proper care of oneself and the little one depending on you is not as prevalent on Pinterest boards. The American College of Gynecology provides ample information for those expecting, and for any other gynecological questions, and is the source of information used in this article.
One of the first steps recommended is to schedule a preconception care checkup. In this checkup, your doctor will ask a series of questions about medical and family history, diet and lifestyle, any medications you may be taking, and any past pregnancies. The information gathered from these questions will help your physician determine if there are any risk factors for you or your baby to better combat any issues before conception. A preconception checkup is recommended for anyone anticipating pregnancy as the first eight weeks of pregnancy are critical in baby’s development.
During pregnancy, it is important to maintain overall health and wellness by eating right and ensuring you and baby are receiving necessary vitamins and nutrients. The Department of Agriculture developed www.choosemyplate.gov to help with healthy food choices at each mealtime. The website provides information for dieters, children, expectant mothers, and others intending to eat healthy meals. With MyPlate, a personalized nutrition plan can be developed through the “Super Tracker” program, which specifies the amounts of foods in each food group needed each day during each trimester of pregnancy. In addition to a healthy diet, folic acid, a B vitamin, should be consumed in 400 micrograms per day to decrease the chance of neural tube defects in the baby. Neural tube defects include birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.
Other vitamins, found in foods, are necessary for overall health and development as well and can be found, along with multiple other tips, on the American College of Gynecology website – http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Nutrition-During-Pregnancy. Exercise is recommended for those who exercised prior to pregnancy and should not exceed normal activity or level of comfort. Also be sure to consult your physician prior to beginning exercise during pregnancy to rule out any unknown risk factors.
A woman’s responsibility to grow and give birth to another life is great, and it is important to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of oneself and the baby. A plethora of information on steps to make sure your health and baby’s health as well as the partner’s role in the process can be found.