Becoming parent is a major commitment in one’s life. One has to meet challenges as well as receive loads of rewards. All women thinking about getting pregnant want to have the healthiest pregnancy possible along with a healthiest baby. Good health before pregnancy can help you to cope with the stress of pregnancy, labour and birth. Obtaining good health care before pregnancy will help in finding out your risks, treat medical problem if any. So if you are planning to become pregnant, it is a good idea to follow a healthy lifestyle. It is also important to evaluate your health status, so do consult your doctor well in advance.
In this blog, I intend to highlight some of the important issues on this matter:
- Expectant fathers – Please note your health is also important. There are things which can reduce the quantity and quality of the sperms in the semen. Low count can make it difficult to get pregnant and poor quality can produce defective pregnancy. Some habits which are strongly condemned are smoking, tobacco use, steroids, illegal drugs, obesity, heavy alcohol and unhealthy diet/lifestyle. So remember to correct your lifestyle before planning pregnancy for your wife. If there is any genetic problem in the family, the doctor should be consulted.
- Expectant mothers – Your health is of utmost importance. Please remember only a healthy mother can give birth to a healthy child. Pregnancy is a modified physiological process in a women’s life. That means pregnancy is a normal change which involves modification in the mother’s system in order to adapt a growing ‘life’ inside her body. Female body is however unique because it is specially made to adapt to these temporary changes in her whole internal system, provided she is completely healthy to start with prior to pregnancy. Therefore it is of extreme importance that all women should be screened prior to planning pregnancy.
I will be discussing in details about pre-conceptual counseling… read on.