Prenatal care- 27 May

Prenatal care should start before pregnancy

 

Planning to have a kid? Have you considered prenatal care yet? If you want to begin a new chapter of your life as a parent, just wait for a moment and think! Are you completely ready to have a baby, both mentally, and physically? Prenatal care will help you reach there. It should be started at least months before pregnancy. It’s a procedure to make your mind and body perfectly fit for the next nine months. It’s something that would ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy child.

Prenatal care before pregnancy may put a woman two steps ahead than those who don’t consider it. Aspiring parents can plan their reproductive life. Future mothers can start taking folic acid (one of the B vitamins) regularly. They can check on their regular immunizations. If they have any medical conditions, they can start taking prescribed medicines. By going with a proper diet, they can attain a healthy weight to have a baby.

Here are 5 benefits of prenatal care before pregnancy:

 

Are you there yet, mentally: It’s seen that women, suffering from depression, are twice as likely to face issues with their pregnancy.[1] In this case, doctors suggest to do a mental health check-up before you get pregnant, just to ensure that you are mentally prepared to take responsibilities of yourself as well as the baby’s. Women, who display hopelessness, lost appetite, disinterest in things that they earlier enjoyed, or disturbed sleep patterns, are often recommended to see a psychiatrist first.

 

Consider your health: You sure are mentally ready to have a baby. But is your body ready yet? Becoming a mom requires you to create a healthy environment for you baby. So, just visit a doctor for a preconception checkup to review your health and your family medical history. Your doctor would talk to you about your diet, regular fitness regime, weight, medications and unhealthy habits, so that he/she can show you the right way to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

 

Your baby’s health depends on you: It may sound obvious but the fact remains the way you will treat yourself before and during pregnancy, will show the results on your baby. Regular prenatal visits are helpful to trace out health concerns during the process. Many health problems like anaemia, diabetes can be treated, if it’s detected early.

 

Your baby eats what you eat: Yes, that’s right! Mother’s diet plays a crucial role in pregnancy. You may need to go through some alterations in your diet to fit the requirements of your baby. A doctor can help you get a proper diet chart to have a healthy baby. So, before you enter the precious nine months, check your diet with a doctor first.

 

Considering external factors: These are mostly beyond our control. However, we can try to keep them away as much as possible. For example, some jobs require us to get exposed to chemicals that might be harmful to future mothers. In these cases, you may need to make the necessary adjustments. Also keep an eye on the products you use daily to do your chores. Consult your doctor to find out a way to avoid such products, if you find them harmful.

 

The benefits of prenatal care before getting pregnant are enormous. And it’s safer to start prenatal care much before pregnancy for you and your child. So, if you are ready to be a proud parent, make sure to book an appointment with a medical practitioner today!

 

Sources:

https://www.babycenter.com/0_17-things-you-should-do-before-you-try-to-get-pregnant_7171.bc?showAll=true

 

[1] 17 things you should do before you try to get pregnant https://www.babycenter.com/0_17-things-you-should-do-before-you-try-to-get-pregnant_7171.bc?showAll=true

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