Getting Healthy Before Getting Pregnant

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We all know that living a healthy lifestyle is a must while you’re pregnant for the safety of the baby. But how healthy you are before pregnancy can also play a role.

The safest bet is to start leading a healthy lifestyle and break unhealthy habits before you become pregnant. Taking a few precautions can increase the chances of having a healthy baby and reduce your own risks during pregnancy.

 

 

Refrain From Drinking Alcohol and All Drugs
It’s widely known that using alcohol and drugs during pregnancy can cause a host of problems from fetal alcohol syndrome to miscarriage. The addiction specialists at Hotel California by the Sea help women who are interested in finding alcohol treatment in California. They note that getting help before getting pregnant is crucial. Alcohol can affect a fetus within 2-3 weeks of conception. By the time someone with an alcohol addiction realizes they’re pregnant damage could already be done.
Drugs also have an extremely harmful affect on the mother and baby’s health. This can include marijuana, even if it’s medically prescribed. Because there’s so little data on long-term effects of marijuana use during pregnancy and it has been shown to cause low birth weight doctors recommend that all women stop using THC products prior to getting pregnant.

 

Get to a Healthy BMI
Body mass index (BMI) is an indicator for certain increased risks during pregnancy. BMI is based on your height and weight. Women who are above (25+ BMI) or below (18.5- BMI) can experience fertility issues. During pregnancy there can also an increased risk of:
· Miscarriage
· Premature birth
· Preeclampsia
· Gestastional diabetes
· Urinary tract infections
· C-section
· Low birth rate

BMI at conception also impacts the amount of weight a woman should gain during pregnancy. The general rule of thumb is:
BMI below 18.5 at conception – gain 28-40 pounds
BMI between 19-24.5 at conception – gain 25-35 pounds
BMI above 25 at conception – gain 15-25 pounds

 

Take Your Vitamins
One of the most important things you can do is take a daily multivitamin with folic acid starting at least a few months before trying to get pregnant. Studies have shown that taking 400 micrograms of folic acid (folate) a day reduces the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) by 70%.
These extremely serious birth defects of the brain and spine begin to develop very early in pregnancy. In addition to folic acid, multivitamins provide vital nutrients that you may not be able to get from diet alone. Make it a habit to take a vitamin daily for a month before trying to conceive and continue taking it throughout the first trimester.

 

 

Clean Up Your Diet
You are what you eat – but so is your unborn child. Cleaning up your diet is the one thing that can make a difference on a number of fronts. A healthy, balanced diet can help you get to a healthy BMI and provide nutrients that are needed during pregnancy.
· Minimize sugar intake – it will help you ward off gestastional diabetes.
· Reduce sodium – the average American eats 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, which is 1,100 milligrams over the recommended amount.
· Cut out soda – cans and bottles are lined with BPA that can cause reproductive issues.
· Increase your water intake – staying hydrated is important for your general health.
· Eat lots of leafy greens – they’re a natural source of folate.
· Avoid deli meats as well as unpasteurized milk and cheese – they can cause an infection called listeria, which may lead to miscarriage or birth defects.

 

Nix the Nicotine
Smoking cigarettes can cause a number of fertility and pre-natal problems for a baby. The negative health effects of smoking during pregnancy include:
· Low oxygenation
· Premature birth
· Fetal brain damage
· Fetal lung damage
· Placenta problems
· Increased risk of cleft lip and cleft palate
· Higher risk for SIDS
· Low birth weight
Quitting cigarettes is no easy task. Even though a baby can a major motivator, it can still be extremely difficult to stop smoking once you’re pregnant, especially if you’re dealing with added stress.
New research suggests that smoking during pregnancy could have a multigenerational effect. A study from University of Bristol found a correlation between maternal grandmother’s smoking during pregnancy and autism in grandchildren.

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    Great Tips. Can you tell me how to get rid of vomiting in pregnancy?
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