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Tips for your preconception checkup

Tips for your preconception checkup

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A preconception checkup helps you prepare in advance. Your doctor, basis your condition, might prescribe general vitamins. You and your spouse’s medical history may help the doctor inform you of any special precautions to take.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Take an opinion: In a nutshell, it’s wise to visit your doctor and get an opinion as to whether you’re ready for pregnancy; in case of any shortcomings, you could make up in some time and be ready before bringing a baby in your world.

Before trying to get pregnant, talk with your obstetrician/gynaecologist (OB/GYN) about the following:

Your current health. Your doctor might ask about your medical history like if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, lupus, or epilepsy. Your doctor will also ask you if you have a history of diabetes, which could place your baby at up to triple the risk of birth defects.

Prescription drugs. Your doctor would like to know if you are taking any medications that may harm your baby. These may include antibiotic (tetracycline), blood thinner, anti-seizure, acne preventive and anti-hypertensive medicines. Other drugs that may hurt the baby include aspirin, antihistamines and diet drugs. Once you get pregnant, it is best to tell your doctor if you are on any medication.

Birth defect risk factors. Your doctor might see whether your child is at risk for seizures, mental disabilities, or birth defects such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, haemophilia, sickle cell anaemia, or Tay-Sachs disease.

Vitamins. Your doctor may give you a prescription for prenatal vitamins that would contain 500 microgrammes of folic acid; a supplement essential to helping prevent the birth defect spina bifida in which the spinal column doesn’t form properly. Spina bifida occurs in one out of 1,000 births.

Vaccine update. If needed, your doctor will give you measles, mumps, tetanus, polio, rubella, or hepatitis B vaccine.

Weight gain guidelines. If you're more than 9 kilos overweight, you may need to reduce weight as being overweight may put you and your baby at risk.

Nutrition and exercise guidelines. It is good to find out what foods and exercises will be best for you and your baby.

Find a doctor you are comfortable with:

Make sure you talk openly with your obstetrician about any problems or concerns. If you and your doctor work as a team, it will help both you and your baby.

It is the most important decision in your as well as partner’s life to welcome your baby to this world. Leave no stone unturned to ensure she arrives completely safe and secure. This is important to ensure health and happiness for both you and your baby.

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