Important:Only you and your partner can determine when is the best time to concieve. Ideally, you should be up to date on your health screening. You should be taking a prenatal vitamin and I recommend preconception counselling visit with your gyn. prior to conception.
Remember to continue taking your prenatal vitamins and plenty of fluid. Your nutrition is very important now, just like during pregnancy, so follow a healthy diet. This is a time to have fun with food. A balanced diet is key. Beyond that it is up to expectant couple to buy the foods that meet the dietary requirements.
If a woman is of normal weight before conceiving, she should really stick to a normal, healthy diet. The few hundred extra calories she may need will sneak into her diet without too much effort. The old adage of 'eating for two'; rather than be a license to eat whatever/whenever, should be a reminder that whatever you are eating, you are feeding your baby.
Keep yourself healthy-eat a healthy, balanced diet, regular exercise, and be a good/kind person/mother..love your baby...that are all the best thing you can do.
The most important thing to discuss is your medical history. If you have any medical problems, you want them to be controlled before you get pregnant (diabetes, thyroid, blood pressure, etc). Discuss your medications and their safety in pregnancy. Discuss nutrition and social habits. Discuss your periods and learn how to track ovulation. Start a prenatal vitamin & folic acid.
In pregnancy (and in general) a healthy diet is very important. Focus on eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables with every meal. Whole grain breads and cereals are good additions as well. Make sure you are taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid (folate) every day.
Just make sure you are having enough protein and still taking prenatal vitamins with iron if possible. Also, make sure to stay hydrated.
3 of every 100 babies born have a serious malformation that will require surgery or will have a major impact on their lives. Much of this risk can't be changed. But good prenatal health definitely does help - beginning before conception: good nutrition, proper care of diabetes, early visits to your doc, & prenatal vitamins that include folic acid.
Breast milk is the gold standard for infant nutrition. DHA and ARA started to be added to infant formulas because researchers realized that they were a component of breast milk. This is just one more reason why breast milk is the ideal nutrition for your baby.
The only association that is known between nutrition and birth defects, is the lack of vit B12 (folic acid) and a higher incidence of spina bifida. Taking prenatal vitamins will prevent this. in general, good nutrition will assure you and your baby the best chance for good growth prenatally.
Pregnancy (greater than 20 weeks), your body needs time to recover from the physical and nutritional demands of pregnancy. Pregnancies in less than 6 months can be associated with a slightly higher risk for preterm delivery and growth restriction. Nutritionally, you should at least stay on prenatal vitamins or take supplemental folic acid.
Cravings may be a behavioural response to a metabolic need. For example, if you are craving bananas, you may be low in potassium. Apparently, prenatal vitamins have largely decreased this issue but it is still something to consider. Check with your Gyn for advice on appropriate nutrition during this time of high metabolic need.
Take care of your unborn baby
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Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)