Giving your baby a good life starts during pregnancy, and that means getting your own health sorted out well before you become pregnant in the first place. Your general physical well being pre-pregnancy will greatly affect how healthy your baby is at the start of its life. While you may be thinking about all the great maternity clothes you’ll get to wear and all the cute baby things you’ll need to get, it’s also worth assessing your health and making adjustments to your lifestyle in order to give your baby the best start possible. The following are just some ways you can get your body ready for a baby.
Visit Your GP
If you’re planning on falling pregnant, it’s worthwhile checking in with your GP, midwife or practice nurse beforehand. This is especially true if you have a long-standing medical condition like epilepsy, asthma, high blood pressure or diabetes. Your GP can help you go through your general health as well as assess any medications you’re taking to ensure they’re safe for a developing baby. For instance, many medications taken internally for acne are extremely unsafe for unborn babies.
Your current weight would also be a concern for your GP. Women with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, are usually recommended to try to lose weight in order to improve chances of conception and to ensure a healthy start for the baby. Likewise, underweight women (BMI between 19 and 25) may need to gain some healthy weight.
Your GP will also ask you about some of the following:
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