Pregnancy checklist
  • Fix a meeting with your doctor. After all, after your conceive, you will be required to meet her or him several times. Even if you have been pregnant before, it is a good idea fixing a meeting ahead of time. In case of your having any health problems that may affect your conception chances or make your pregnancy extra risky, it is worth controlling it now. In case diseases like sickle cell or cystic fibrosis are prevalent in your partner’s or your own families, you may consult a genetic counsellor or go in for pre-conception examinations.
  • Checking gums. Your good oral health is associated with a healthy pregnancy strongly. Gum disease is associated with low birth rate and premature birth and decreased birth weight. You must consult your dentist for tackling any such issues.
  • Say “no….no” to drinking and smoking. You are well aware that smoking and the use of alcohol during your pregnancy are not okay. They are not only bad for the growth of the developing baby but can cause health issues in the baby when she gets older. And, as of now, both smoking and drinking may make it difficult for you to attain pregnancy and you run a higher risk of a miscarriage. Consult your doctor about such programs that may help you in quitting these habits.
  • Cutting back on Caffeine. Consuming more than 2 cups of coffee or 5 cans of Soda per day (equivalent to 250 mgs of caffeine) may make it difficult for you to achieve pregnancy and you run a higher risk of miscarriage the pregnancy, if achieved. Moreover, shifting to decaf regime will help you combat the caffeine cravings during the initial period of your pregnancy.
  • There could be no better time to empty extra calories and cutting down on junk food. This is the time of eating smartly. Ensure that you are eating plenty of fruits, whole grains, leafy vegetables and lean protein every day. Make sure you’re getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein each day. With healthy diet prior to attaining pregnancy may reduce the chances of your getting gestational diabetes, a kind that is often prevalent among pregnant females.
  • Throw away extra pounds. If you are even a little overweight, it may cause a whole lot of issues during pregnancy, such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. While you are pregnant, shedding weight is not recommended. Better begin working on it now.
  • Vaccines are must. Certain ailments during pregnancy may make you miserable. They may also affect your developing baby. Consult your doctor about the vaccines you may need now and at later stages. The doctor may give you Tdap vaccine shot for whooping cough during your pregnancy. This would protect your baby also.
  • It is important to tell your doctor about all the medicines you have been taking – prescribed, non-prescribed, even herbs or vitamins. Some of them may have adversely impact the health of your baby. For lowering the risks of developing birth defects in your baby, it is advised to take folic acid supplements and pre-natal vitamins.
  • Choosing about seafood rightly. You may have perhaps heard that it is good for you to detoxify your body to cleanse the stomach of the fish that have high amount of mercury in your pregnancy. But it takes nearly one year for clearing the substance and purifying your blood. Fish in your diet twice in a week is okay but refrain from taking the fish type that contains higher amount of mercury, like shark, king mackerel, tilefish or swordfish.
  • Gym may help. Exercising not only helps you in maintaining a healthy weight, but also places in a shape to combat labor and delivery. If you get pregnant, search for pre-natal coaching that are specially designed for mothers-to-be.
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