Deciding to have a baby is not taken lightly and usually comes with much anticipation but also some apprehension. These mixed feelings are common. What you do need to know is that the first few weeks of your pregnancy are vital to the healthy development of the baby. You need to be as healthy as possible and avoid any harmful activities or substances near your time of conception.
We all have our indulgences, but when you plan to fall pregnant, it’s time to think about the health of your baby because what happens to your body affects your baby. It’s not just drugs, alcohol or smoking that you should avoid – habits like over-exercising and be eating junk food can interfere with falling pregnant and potentially affect your baby.
Some health issues are hard to address, and habits take a while to break. Remember that every single aspect of your health – from the food you eat and what you drink to the exercise you do can have an impact on your fertility and pregnancy. If you start to make changes before a baby is on board, it will start you off on the right foot. Be proactive about your health and your baby, and you will both benefit. Here are some tips to help you on your way to a healthier you.
Have a general health checkup
It’s a good idea to have a public health checkup before you fall pregnant. It’s a time to sit down with your physician or gynecologist and go over key issues to enjoy a healthy start to your pregnancy. You can make sure your body is in good shape and tackle any general health issues. Your physician will want to go over your medical history and that of your partner. Your blood pressure, weight, and height will be recorded. You may want to discuss how and when to stop birth control and when you should start trying.
Specific blood tests will be done, and the physician will want to know about any previous health complications, including any gynecological issues such as fibroid or miscarriages, abortions or other last high-risk pregnancies. The physician will also want to know about any habits you may need to kick and will probably suggest dietary changes if you are overweight or underweight. If the checkup uncovers a health condition that needs to be monitored during your pregnancy, such as high blood pressure, getting it under control will help make your pregnancy a healthier one.