Every woman wants a smooth pregnancy. And while we can’t guarantee you that, we can give you tips on how to reduce your pregnancy risks! Here are some tips on things you can do before and during your pregnancy to reduce your chances of pregnancy complications.
Before Pregnancy Tips
Schedule a preconception visit.
Though not required, this can be a good idea if you are planning your pregnancy and want to make sure you are baby ready! Your doctor will be able to advise you on what exactly you need to be in tip top shape.
Take folic acid or prenatal vitamins.
Taking prenatal vitamins ensures your body is ready to make a baby. If you don’t want to take a prenatal, you can just take a folic acid supplement. But remember not to take both! The recommended daily amount of folic acid is 400 mcg.
Start maintaining a healthy diet.
A healthier you is a healthier baby. It doesn’t hurt to start good habits before you get pregnant, it just increases your chance of a healthier pregnancy! Some people even think a healthy diet before you become pregnant reduces your chances of preeclampsia, a condition you can develop that results in high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Being in shape before your pregnancy helps prepare you for the changes your body will go through. It also increases the likelihood of you getting your body back in shape after the baby is born.
Get to a healthy weight.
It’s always important to be at a healthy weight, but it’s especially important before pregnancy. Being at a healthy weight can regulate your menstrual cycle and make it easier to get pregnant, and it reduces your risk of high blood pressure and gestational diabetes.
During Pregnancy Tips
Schedule regular doctor’s visits.
Regular doctor’s visits during your pregnancy help ensure everything is being done to keep your baby as healthy as possible. If a complication does arise, regular visits make certain it will be discovered and addressed quickly.
Get plenty of sleep.
Getting enough sleep reduces stress, and that’s important when your body is growing a person inside of it! Sleep will help your body maintain its immune system at this important time, and help you feel your best.
Eat a baby safe diet.
Eating a baby safe diet while pregnant gives your baby the nutrition it needs to develop properly. Knowing whatfoods to avoid while pregnant also helps protect your baby during this fragile time.
Maintain a moderate fitness routine.
Remaining fit throughout your pregnancy can be helpful with side effects like back pain. Just remember to consult your doctor to find out what amount and form of exercise would be best for you.
Control your baby weight gain.
This also helps lower your risk of developing gestational diabetes. Gaining more weight than you’re supposed to while pregnant also puts extra strain on your body, you’ll be carrying enough weight as it is!
Some risk factors we don’t have as much control over, like age. The older you are, the greater the risk of your pregnancy, and the harder it is to get pregnant. There are tests doctors can perform to assess your personal risks of pregnancy, as each woman is different. If you want more information schedule a visit to talk with your OB doctor.