Are You Ready to Be a Mom?
AMaybe you’re not pregnant yet but you’ve decided to get pregnant, or you’re pregnant. If you are thinking about getting pregnant, there are some things that you have to know before pregnancy. It is said that improving the health of an expectant mother is very important, after deciding on pregnancy. Controlling women’s health before pregnancy make easier the process of pregnancy and childbirth for both mother and baby. Nowadays, many women are starting to get pregnant with serious medical problems or without taking any precautions, and are exposed to harmful substances.
Mothers and fathers should be educated about pregnancy, and they should not neglect health checks. It is necessary to take healthy steps before pregnancy, and parents should aim at protection and prevention rather than the diagnosis and treatment in order to achieve better results in the health of the mother and baby.
Is Your Body Ready for Pregnancy?
Women should prefer to consume healthful foods before getting pregnant. In addition, it is recommended that they may use folic acid supplementation and other supplements after learning about their benefits and risks. In addition, some doctors also recommend that the expectant father should take vitamin E before his partner gets pregnant. They need to consult with their doctor about every unnatural product that they use. Even if they get sick, they should not use medicines (including eye drops) without talking to a doctor. Women who are prepared for pregnancy should stop smoking and alcohol, or they have to set a limit on them. It is also important that the mother gives importance to exercise and weight control. They may choose low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and yoga. Every woman’s body and life habits are different, so they need to take advice from doctors before starting exercises.
Which Vaccines Do You Need Before Pregnancy?
A vaccine of hepatitis B, influenza, rubella and especially Human papillomavirus (HPV) should be done under the supervision of healthcare (doctor or registered nurse) if expectant mothers are at risk.
Which Diseases Pose a Risk?
The patient definitely should consult with a physician before pregnancy in case of neurological diseases such as diabetes, thyroid diseases, and epilepsy, systemic diseases such as hypertension, kidney diseases, cardiovascular diseases, asthma, bleeding disorders, and psychological disorders such as depression or schizophrenia.
It may be beneficial to plan pregnancy in a controlled period of the disease in terms of the medicines used due to the current medical problems.
The Role of Genetics in Pregnancy
The current age of the mother, the medical condition of both mother and father, and previous pregnancies of the mother should be evaluated before pregnancy. Couples who have genetic problems in their babies and those with a known genetic disease in the family should be identified, and these couples should consult with a doctor or genetic counselor before pregnancy. If the previous pregnancy is terminated with premature birth, miscarriage or stillbirth, women should be examined to find the risks and causes of them. Being less than 18 months between pregnancies increases the risk of premature birth and a miscarriage.