Trying To Conceive? Follow These Do’s And Don’t’s
Being pregnant is one of those priceless moments in a woman’s life that need to be adored as well as taken utmost care of. Every woman’s body chemistry is different; some may get pregnant easily while some other may find various difficulties in achieving a successful pregnancy.
If you are one of those who are trying to conceive for the first time or has experienced miscarriage earlier, the following do’s and don’ts will help you achieve a successful pregnancy.
Although these are just tips for getting pregnant, it doesn’t guarantee of miscarriage. However, your chances of pregnancy are significantly increased.
Say no to Smoking
Smoking is a terrible thing if you are planning to have a child. Although most of the women do not smoke even when not pregnant, second hand or passive smoking can be nearly as fatal as first-hand smoking.
Exposure to any kind of smoking can lead to miscarriage, low birth weight, and premature delivery. Encourage your partner to quit smoking.
Say no to Alcohol
Although occasional drinking won’t be a problem, it’s better to stay away especially during the pregnancy as it causes several complications including miscarriage, birth defects, and stillbirth. So if you are planning a child, it is perhaps the best to stop drinking alcohol.
Avoid excess caffeine intake
Caffeine is a stimulant and diuretic as well. Excess of caffeine raises blood pressure, heart rate and the number of trips to the bathroom. Several studies have shown that taking moderate to high amount of caffeine (over 200-300 mg/day or 340 ml/day) raise chances of miscarriage.
Daily usual cups of coffee aren’t harmful but it is always wise to limit your tea, coffee, soft drinks and ice cream intake.
Add Folic Acid in your diet
A folic acid is a man-made form of vitamin B known as folate, which plays an important role in the development of red blood cells. Birth defects usually occur within the first 3-4 weeks of conception and taking this pre-natal vitamin (400 micrograms) before and during the pregnancy can prevent birth defects related to brain and spinal cord.
Avoid relaxing in hot bathtub
The sense of relaxation in hot tub sounds good, but the excessive heat is not good if you are pregnant. There is a handful of evidence suggesting that elevated body temperature increases the risk of miscarriage. If someone really wants to take a bath, the ideal way is to use a standard bathtub filled with warm water, not hot.
Live Stress-free life
Stress is a root cause of many disorders including negative effects on pregnancy. Some amount of stress in pregnancy is normal but when it becomes constant, the impact is long-lasting, leading to complications such as premature delivery, low birth weight and might also affect fetal brain functioning.
Even if you are not pregnant and taking stress, it can cause hormonal imbalance and prevent you from getting pregnant. Exercising moderately, managing stress is the key to a successful pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a time you have to take care of every aspect. Safe pregnancy requires a lot of effort and lifestyle changes. Remember, your health is the most important factor. Do consult a healthcare provider for better guidelines before and during pregnancy to make sure everything is up and running.
Diuretic - Any substance that tends to increase the flow of urine, causing the body to get rid of excess water