I felt compelled to write a blog post to my pregnant friends or those who are trying to get pregnant. I am passionate about preconception care and women's health so in light of that, I thought I should write this.
One of the best things you can do as a woman who is pregnant or wanting to get pregnant is to prepare you body. At least 3 months before you want to get pregnant-you should take at least 400mcg of Folic Acid. This simple vitamin has been proven to prevent neural tube defects such as Spina bifida. I would recommend taking a prenatal vitamin at least 3 months before getting pregnant as well as during the duration of your pregnancy and breastfeeding if you decide to breastfeed (breastfeeding info is a whole other post).
Make sure your immunizations are up to date. If you haven't had any vaccines in a long time, you should for sure check with your Gyne or midwife about this. Especially chicken pox and rubella are very important to check into as these can be extremely dangerous to the baby. Also-the flu vaccine is a must for pregnant mothers!
It is also important for your body to be in general good health. If you are overweight, even losing 10% of your BMI is huge! THis can decrease your rates of having difficulties in pregnancy as well as in your general health. Also, make sure to stop drinking, alcohol or drugs as well as exposure to toxic chemicals and fumes. All of these have been attributed to possible birth defects, as well as mental development. This can help prevent developmental disorders.
Another important thing is to get a check up-especially with your midwife or gyne to make sure you have no infections or other problems.
If you have questions-check out the CDC or March of Dimes
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