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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Plan, Track and Test: The New Way To Get Pregnant

Planning your pregnancy by some simple tests and steps is more likely to result in getting pregnant more quickly and having a healthier pregnancy. A new study says that preconception care has potential for return on investment. Women with chronic illnesses have the most to gain from planning their pregnancies, and yet they the least likely to plan their pregnancy according to this new study, and thus enter pregnancy less likely to maximize their chance for a healthy outcome.
  • See your gyno to discuss any medical concerns, especially missed or menstrual periods, what your gyno likes is data! So get a calendar, and app, or a tracker
  • Normalize your weight (as much as possible) and boost your nutrition, this is a time for basic vitamin use, pregnancy vitamin guidelines can be found on line
  • When you track your cycles figure out if you are ovulating, simple tests are available in the drug store or with free apps, fertility problems respond best to early treatment
  • Treat anemia, get iron in your diet to improve your iron stores, begin folic acid and begin Vitamin D if you have blood level deficiency, and this is a time of your life you may have to consider eating meat  if you are vegetarian, read ACOG nutrition recommendations
  • Take omega-3s, or eat more fish (check locally regarding fish mercury recommendations)
  • Track your blood pressure, blood sugar, and your BMI, get any hypertension, diabetes, obesity (ideally) get these treated before conceiving, it will lower your miscarriage and birth defect rate
  • Treat any vaginal or bladder infections, discharge and odor, see your gyno if you have questions
  • Decrease toxin exposure, minimizing red meet can also reduce hormone exposure, toxins can be found in unregulated supplements, always check with your health care provider for questions
  • Get a visit and perhaps blood testing to confirm vaccinations still are current, and catch up on vaccines prior to pregnancy as some cannot be given when you are pregnant
  • Get tested for Herpes if symptoms are suspicious, and get on suppressive medication if your gyno thinks it is indicated
  • Ask your family and his family about any known genetic problems, and get blood genetic testing for you and the baby's dad; there are so many options, consultation can lead you to many sources of information, it is not legal to be discriminated against on the basis of genetic information, so that is not a reason to not test
  • Exercise regularly, and take up swimming and yoga which can be carried as your exercise all through pregnancy
  • Drag the baby daddy in and get any problems with him sorted, his health will impact fertility, miscarriage rate, birth defects, and stress levels 
  • Make time for sex! 
  • Get a good home pregnancy test, there are some that turn positive before the missed period and estimate how far pregnant you are

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