After trying for months and years, finally it has happened! Your pregnancy results are positive. So, now you’ll need to focus on what you have to do ‘next’ after getting pregnant. Although, there’s no way to guarantee a healthy pregnancy however there are still few precautions and tips that can decrease the changes of miscarriage or any other birth defects
If you’re in good health and conceived earlier then your prenatal check-up will not take weeks. However, if you’re at higher risk of health problems then it can occur earlier. At first the doctor will check your blood pressure and weight to find out the due date. A number of tests will be also performed such as urine and Pap test to see if you’ve infections or not.
2. Keeping a Good Check of Current Medications
Sometimes medication taken by pregnant mothers can potentially harm their babies. For example, blood pressure medications are common to show side effects on babies such as birth defects and lower baby weight. If you’re taking any such medication than you should also convey this information to your doctor. It’s a good idea to make a list of all your medications including herbal medicines to show them to the doctor
Folic acid and vitamin B are good for spinal cord and nervous system of developing babies, especially if they’re taken during early pregnancy. It helps to decrease the potential neural defects by more than half percentage. Apart from tablets and supplements, they are naturally found among fruits and other food items. It’s more preferable to intake Folic acid through peanuts, pasta, orange juice and lentils, etc.
4. Examine Your Intake of Food
While it’s important to eat healthy food, but you should also see how much and what you’re consuming. During pregnancy, it’s natural to gain extra weight. Normally, a woman gains around 30 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. In order to keep a healthy and balanced diet, you should focus on ingesting food items that contain extra amount of calcium, such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Stay away from junk food and items that contain excessive amount of calories and can sky rocket your body’s weight.
Use of caffeine in excessive levels can increase the chances of miscarriage. If you’re habitual of coffee, then keep its levels just under 280 mg per day.
It’s best to avoid alcohol altogether during pregnancy. It can cause side effects in terms of poor physical and mental health of the baby.
In the same way, use of tobacco puts your baby at risk of possible birth defects, premature birth or even death.
6. Getting a Good Night Sleep
It’s usually hard to get a good night sleep during pregnancy due to various pains and aches inside the body. If you’re used to sleeping on the stomach or back, you can try using pregnancy pillows to get yourself in a comfortable position. Alternatively, you can put some standard pillows together in a way to make things easier for you. It’s important to sleep and take proper rest to ensure good health and growth of your baby.
If you’re already doing any exercise before pregnancy then you can keep doing it. However, it’s always preferable to check with your doctor if you can continue with a specific exercise such as swimming, walking, jogging, yoga or aerobic exercises. If your doctor allows you to continue, then always keep them under moderate levels. It’s never a good time to start with a new exercise or putting extra strain on your body during pregnancy.