Tips to Prepare for pregnancy

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 04, 2013

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Ready to extend your family? One of the crucial steps towards ensuring a healthy pregnancy is to prepare before you conceive. Read more for tips on how to prepare for the most exciting time of your life, before it even begins.
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    Start Early

    One to three months before you plan to get pregnant is a good time to begin preparations. Get an appointment with the doctor for a routine physical test so that the doctor can ensure that everything is all right. Also, discuss about going off birth control as along with any family medical history that you may be concerned about.

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    Keep a Check on your Medication

    There are various medications available in the market, which are quite safe for developing babies, but some are not. If you are taking any medication, you need to clear it with the doctor before you try to get pregnant. This will give your body time to adjust to a change in medication or time to wean off of a medication that may not be suitable or safe for the pregnant mother.

     

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    Get Rid of Stress

    High stress level is not a friend to a pregnant woman. Now that you are planning on getting pregnant, it is time for you to de-stress and enter calm and cool state of mind. Try to figure out reasons of stress in your life and do your level best to change it. You may start yoga, meditation or writing. These help in lowering stress levels.

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    Exercise

    Exercise is not only great for getting rid of stress, but it has lots of other benefits too. A good exercise regime will make you healthier. A healthy woman is more receptive of becoming pregnant. It provides more energy and a better night’s sleep, which will be important in the months to come.

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    Avoid Bad Stuff

    You probably know about all that that needs to go out of your life when it comes to getting pregnant: drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Your body needs to be a shrine of good health prior to becoming an incubator for your new baby. Remember that all of these substances are extremely harmful to a developing fetus particularly in the first weeks of development. So, stay away from these bad stuffs to make your pregnancy experience a better one.

     

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    Talk to your Partner

    One thing many people overlook when they decide to get pregnant is the emotional factor. No matter how successful your conception and pregnancy would be, it would always cause some strain on your relationship. Now is the time for you to sit with your partner and have a serious discussion about your hopes and expectations for conception, pregnancy and child raising. By doing this you will hopefully remove stress down the road and be much happier!

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    Get smart about plastics

    Whenever you use any plastic material, remember to not use in the microwave or with hot food (the heat promotes leaching). Always discard or stop using plastic to store foods and beverages, especially when the product begins to show signs of wear and tear. These dangerous chemicals can harm the foetus in the early stages of development.

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    Avoid Environmental Toxins

    Chemicals have long been suspected of causing birth defects. If your work environment requires unavoidable exposure to chemicals, use gloves, masks and adequate ventilation. Avoid exposure to lead; this is especially important when buying and restoring old furniture or renovating home. Those who work in the medical field should take special care to take precautions against radiation.

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    Nutrition

    During pregnancy, your baby would rely on you for all the nutritional requirements. Address any weight issues before you get pregnant. Being overweight or underweight can pose certain problems, such as affecting your ability to conceive, creating a strain on your heart and depriving your baby of important nutrients.

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    Finish Things Early

    Educate yourself on pregnancy and childbirth by reading books about this topic. Practice relaxation techniques to help minimize stress. Ensure that you get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Use this time to do things you may have difficulty doing during pregnancy, such as making long trips to visit relatives, relocating your work place, remodelling or decorating your house, etc.

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