Expectant mothers usually take a number of precautions so that they can be healthy and have healthy babies. But what about health when you’re trying to conceive? Pre-pregnancy or preconception health is as important as health during pregnancy. Here are some things you should pay attention to when you want to try getting pregnant:
1. Overall Health
Start with talking to your doctor. After conducting a general physical examination, they can tell you where you stand health-wise. They might also be able to help you plan a pregnancy. Your doctor can assess your overall physical health (blood pressure, sugar levels, immunity and reproductive health) before you start trying to conceive. It is very important to be healthy when you try to get pregnant, as your health affects the pregnancy.
You should also talk to your doctor if you have long-lasting conditions like diabetes, arthritis, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol levels, or any nutrient deficiencies. The care you have to take will vary depending on how healthy you are to begin with. You may be prescribed vaccinations, vitamins and mineral supplements depending on your general check-up.
Healthy eating is an important component of your health, and the food you consume during your pregnancy and before it, impacts your chances of getting pregnant. While trying to get pregnant, your food should be nutrient-rich. Here are some things you should pay attention to in your nutrition:
- Assess your eating habits by maintaining a food journal for one week - it will help you identify any unhealthy habits, as well as promote healthy habits.
- Cut back on processed foods, added sugar, and foods high in unhealthy fats.
- Start eating a balanced meal, which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and proteins. You should also include some calcium-rich foods, healthy fats and folic acid foods in your meals.
- Drink enough water - 8 to 10 glasses or 2 to 2.5 liters a day. Cut down on caffeinated drinks, and skip the alcoholic drinks. If you or your husband have a smoking habit, that should be eliminated, as smoking as well as second-hand smoke are equally dangerous for you and the baby.
If you are currently on any medication, you should speak to your doctor to know whether it affects your pregnancy. They will be able to stop dosage or prescribe alternatives depending on what your body and your pregnancy need. Avoiding unprescribed medication during and before pregnancy is crucial. You should always ask before you take any kind of medication.
Exercise keeps your mind and body healthy. If you already have the habit of exercising, you should ask your doctor if your workout is safe for the baby, or find safe modifications for the same. If you don’t have the habit, talk to your doctor about how you can start. Ideally, you can start taking 30-minute walks every day, or try a prenatal yoga class. Exercise can also help you beat stress and feel happier.
5. Sleep and Rest
Your body needs rest so that it can heal and be at its healthiest. It’s important to ensure you’re getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night. A well-rested body is healthy and can cope better with all the changes that happen during pregnancy.
6. Emotional Health
Try to manage your stress. Try to keep yourself happy. Sadness can affect your health as well as your pregnancy. Ask for emotional support - spend more time bonding with your loved ones, and focus on things that make you happy. A happy mommy is a healthy mommy.
Health is not just physical. It is also emotional and mental. Make sure that you feel healthy, and emotionally ready when you try to get pregnant. Talk to your partner, and go on this journey together.
A healthy mommy has a healthy baby. Take good care of yourself, and try to be as happy and stress-free as you can be.