Preconception care can make a constructive difference to your health and the health of your baby. More and more substantiations indicate to the fact that the way we were nourished in our mother’s womb, have a vital impact on our physical condition as a grown-up. Apart from getting the body into a healthy state to carry a baby, plans have to be made for the new arrival in your family. Not only this, parents need to be equipped for the day when infant turns toddler.
Let’s talk first thing first. Is your body ready for pregnancy? It is very important that before you go for conceiving, you should check your habits so that your body becomes ready for pregnancy.
Things which you must avoid to ensure a problem free cigarettes, alcohol and caffeine. If you are not into these habits, then you can go ahead. Otherwise you better try to give up these habits. Not only this, your doctor will need to ask questions to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy. If you already use contraception pills, your doctor may suggest a pill-free break before trying to conceive.
Each mother wants her little one to be as healthy as possible. The best way to do that is to start at the very beginning i.e. before conception. Not only can eating the right foods help you to have a healthy baby, it can actually make pregnancy possible.
Decide what you should eat:
- It has been established that even before conception; women can start a healthier diet containing essential vitamins and nutrients, such as folic acid. Folic acid is the most important nutritional substance.
- Water should be your number one drink. Drinking a plenty of water, a minimum of eight glasses each day, helps flush your system of toxins.
- Look for foods with abundance of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber.
- Cut back on fat, excess sugar, preservatives and other additives.
- Use organic products that are pesticide-free.
- Avoid un-pasteurized milk and any food made with it.
- Don’t eat raw egg.
- Make sure that raw vegetables and fruits are washed meticulously.
Some other important preconception precautions are:
- Avoid medicines unless suggested by a doctor.
- Obesity is not healthy and if you do not want to delay the conception then try to lose weight.
- Avoid over heating - particularly saunas and spas. If you work out, make sure you wear cool, comfortable clothing.
- If you do not exercise, try to start a evenhanded and regular exercise routine.
- Avoid stress and practice relaxation techniques.
- Visit regularly a health care practitioner who is specialized in preconception care.
Preconception care is just as essential for men as for women. He contributes half the genetic substance that makes up the baby. It takes sperm three months to grow so that they are able to fertilize an egg. So it makes logic to follow preconception care for men, for at least three months prior to trying to conceive a baby. Precautions for men are almost similar to those provided for women.