Everyone wants a healthy baby; but, birth defects can occur very early in pregnancy, or even before a woman knows she is pregnant.
Every woman wants a healthy baby; however, birth defects can occur very early in pregnancy, or sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Few of them are natural, and some occur due to carelessness or lack of knowledge.
Not all birth defects are preventable; however, a woman can have a healthy baby by following these useful tips during pregnancy:
1. Avoid toxic substances like cleaning solvents, insecticides, paint fumes, lead, and mercury.
2. Go to your doctor for regular checkups as scheduled.
3. Avoid smoking as cigarette smoke might kill your baby; women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a miscarriage or many types of birth defects. It can also cause sudden death of baby.
4. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water, fruit juice, or milk every day. These fluids help in increasing your blood volume.
5. Healthy and balanced diet is essential for you and your unborn baby to get the nutrients you both need. Your meals should include all of the five basic food groups; grain products, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat, and protein foods. Low fats and high fiber foods are best for a healthy diet.
6. Take folic acid as it provides essential nutrients that reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine of the baby.
7. Hand washing is important especially after handling raw meat or using the bathroom. This prevents the spread of bacteria and virus that cause infection.
8. Take iron as prescribed by your doctor, it reduces the risk of anemia later in pregnancy.
9. Let your physician know if you experience any kind of pain, uterine contractions, leaking of amniotic fluid, strong cramps, vaginal bleeding, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, trouble walking, or if your baby has decreased activity.
10. Avoid taking drugs like alcohol and caffeine during pregnancy as it can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, a disorder characterized by growth retardation, facial abnormalities, and central nervous system dysfunction. Make less your use of tea, coffee, and chocolate.
11. Take great care if you have diabetes, epilepsy, or high blood pressure. Ask your doctor about the medications to keep them under control.
12. Avoid over the counter cough and cold medicines as these contain alcohol and other ingredients that must be avoided during pregnancy.
13. Physical activity during pregnancy benefits both you and your baby and increases the chances of an early recovery after delivery. You can practice yoga, walking, cycling, and swimming, but consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
14. Avoid rodents in your home as they can cause severe abnormalities or loss of the pregnancy if pregnant women are infected with the virus that they carry.
15. Vaccinations are important for pregnant women. Take guidelines from your doctor for the use of vaccines during pregnancy.
16. Avoid X rays as it can harm your baby.
17. Be sure to get plenty of rest. Try to rest on your left side as often as possible, as it helps reduce swelling and provides the best circulation to your baby.
Talk to your doctor on all issues regarding your pregnancy as every pregnancy is different and requires different handling.
Aimee Sparker has a professional background of writing on critical health issues. She works for NSI (Nationwide Synergy Inc). They deal in hormone replacement therapy, HGH and Low Testosterone Treatments to bring hormonal balance among hormone deficient patients. NSI aims at making, both men and women “Young for longer years” with healthy mind and body.
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