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 Precautions while Getting Pregnant

Precautions while Getting Pregnant

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To give yourself the best chance for a healthy pregnancy, you need to take a few precautions.

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Start by scheduling an appointment with your doctor for a preconception checkup.

Make sure that you do not have folate deficiency. You can do that by talking with your doctor about your folic acid needs. Usually, doctors prescribe a multivitamin with 400 mg of folic acid every day. Taking folic acid before or during pregnancy helps lower your baby’s risk of developing some birth defects of the brain and spine.

Make sure to get a dental checkup to rule out oral health problems before getting pregnant.

Stay away from smoking and drinking alcohol, as all these can cause serious harm to both you and your baby, such as premature birth, birth defects and infant death. Talk to your doctor if you need help in quitting.

Ensure that you are at a healthy weight before conceiving by eating healthy foods and doing regular physical activity. You are more likely to have pregnancy-related problems if you are overweight/underweight.

Stay away from chemicals like paint thinners, as they increase your chances of having a baby with birth defects.

Avoid foods such as undercooked meat, raw fish etc that may cause food poisoning.

Stay away from cat faeces, as they might cause an infection called toxoplasmosis, which can cause birth defects.

Limit your caffeine intake. Having more than 2 cups of coffee or 5 cans of carbonated drinks in a day might reduce your chances of getting pregnant and 
increases chance of miscarriage.

Make sure to reduce stress in your life, as stress can cause problems in your pregnancy.

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