Living healthy now means a better chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby later on. Pregnancy can happen even when precautions are practiced. You may be pregnant for weeks whether you planned for it. During that time, your choices can affect your baby’s health and development.
Set Personal Goals for Having /Not Having Kids
- Discuss goals w/ partner
- Next, talk with your health care provider
- Take steps to avoid an unplanned pregnancy
- At least 24 months between each pregnancy may be healthier for you
- Begin preparing for a healthy pregnancy 3 months before getting pregnant
- Eat right and Exercise Regularly
- In general at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
- Talk w/ your health care provider before starting an exercise regimen
- Folic acid and folate in your diet (whole grains, leafy greens, beans and citrus fruit
- These suggestions recommended before, during and after pregnancy.
- This practice can help prevent birth defects Stress, Anxiety and Depression all have negative effect on a pregnancy
- Stress can cause headaches and trouble sleeping
- Emotional Health
- High Stress may cause premature birth or low birth weight
- Depression before and after pregnancy can make self-care difficult for mom
- Symptoms vary -Loss of interest in daily routine, hopelessness, sadness and irritability.
- Depression can be treated successfully even during pregnancy
- Anxiety disorders can worsen during and after pregnancy.
- High levels of anxiety can lead to premature birth and bonding issues.
- Inability to control your worry should be shared w/ health care provider
- Treatment or therapy can help
Hazards to Avoid
- Pregnant women can give lead poisoning to their babies If you suspect lead in your home, have paint, water and soil tested.
- Avoid contact w/ paint, harsh cleaners, pesticides and solvents
- Consult w/ health care provider for advice and reducing risks with radiation
- Cat Feces are harmful to unborn baby
- Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs which restrict oxygen and nourishment to your baby during and after pregnancy
- Get Help If You Need It
If you need help in stop using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs, consult your health care provider or Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s Referral Service @ 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357).