Your good health and well being is important to consider before you get pregnant. Many studies show that a women's health before pregnancy is closely associated with the outcome of the pregnancy. Your body needs to be as healthy as possible to have a healthy baby. Below are some health tips that you can follow to help you be healthy:
Cut out all substances that could be harmful to your unborn baby like smoking, drinking or drug use.
Work with your doctor to make sure you do not have any serious health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure and get his/her opinion about any medications you may be taking for serious health conditions.
Talk with your doctor about taking Folic Acid to help prevent birth defects.
Get screened for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections and begin treatment to prevent passing the infection to your fetus.
Make sure your immunizations are up to date.
If you already have a baby, think about the time between pregnancies---most experts today say that women should try to allow 2-3 years to get themselves healthy between births of their babies---adequate birth spacing helps your next baby to be healthy.
There are many things that you expose yourself to each day that can be harmful to a pregnancy and may have a long term effect on your baby's health. You need to be aware of what you are exposed to before becoming pregnant.
It is easy to control what you put into your own body, but it isn't always as easy to control the environment around you and the effects it has on your body.
- Stay away from environmental toxins such as second hand smoke, street drugs, and chemicals such as solvents and pesticides.
- Talk with your doctor about exercise, obesity and nutritional deficiencies.
- Discuss with him/her occupational, financial and lifestyle issues related to home and family life, domestic violence, depression or any other behavioral health issues.
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