6 Things You Should Know Before Planning a Pregnancy | Preconception Health

hi guys welcome to Maternity me I'm

fiery and today we're going to talk

about six things you should know before

trying for a baby if you haven't already

go ahead and watch the first part this

video where we talked about what

preconception health is why it's

important and why you should make the

effort to achieve a healthy B your mind

before becoming pregnant so just a quick

reminder the idea behind preconception

health is that a couple that's healthy

at the time of the coming pregnant it's

more likely to have a safer pregnancy

and a healthy child and there are

several things you can do for good

preconception health and in this video

we'll be talking about some of them and

with that let's get started number one

folic acid now I'm not going to too much

detail right now because the NEX P is

going to be on nutrition supplements but

the main point I like to make is that as

soon as you can

start taking a vitamin called folic acid

or women of reproductive age advice to

consume 0.4 milligrams or 400 micrograms

of folic acid daily to prevent the risk

of serious birth defects and most women

choose to meet this requirement for a

daily tablet and ideally we would like

women to be taking folic acid for at

least three months before they become

pregnant number two try to stop drinking

smoking and cut your caffeine intake

it's common knowledge to avoid alcohol

once you are pregnant but there are many

benefits in stopping drinking beforehand

also as you might not know you're

pregnant until several weeks in in

addition these factors can also affect

your ability to become pregnant and like

with alcohol it's unclear how much is

needed to have a negative effect which

is why the guidelines recommend to stop

drinking alcohol altogether and reduce

your caffeine intake to about 200

milligrams of caffeine per day which is

about one medium-sized cup of coffee

stopping drinking or smoking can be

harder for some more than others

so don't get disheartened if you're

finding it tough and please know that

your doctor is here to help without

judgment and can refer you to local

support groups or offer adoptions and

one way resource we recommend recruiting


the smoke-free government website or app

it even has a section for pregnancy and

motherhood and has great features like a

text messaging program and telling you

how much money you saved

number three talk to your GP about any

antidepressants whatever let's see

medications at your on if you have

epilepsy we recommend you see a

specialist to talk about the different

options available to you this is

especially important if you're on your

drug court so youth are Pro eight which

is a mister medication for epilepsy but

also bipolar disorder different factors

like type and dose can affect the risk

of complications severely the risk of

complications from brain development if

you are any of these medications we

recommend you see a doctor before you're


to minimize any anxiety surrounding

changing medications later on but I

cannot stress the importance of this

next point please do not stop taking any

medications without consulting the

doctor beforehand which brings me to my

next point number four talk to your GP

about any pre-existing medical

conditions for previous pregnancy


some conditions and medications can

affect your pregnancy opportunity

diabetes for example should be well

controlled to minimize the risk of

complications to you and your baby you

can also talk about any medications that

you want and if anything needs to be

changed for example if you're on

metformin for your diabetes this is

considered to be safe during pregnancy

but there may be other medications that

need to be addressed it's also very

important to discuss any previous

pregnancies you've had and if you'd

experienced any complications to ensure

that you get personalized care before

and during your pregnancy

number five check that your vaccinations

are up-to-date vaccines protect you

against infections and sour infections

can put your baby at risk you can talk

to your doctor about what vaccines you

might need one example of this is the

MMR vaccine that protects you against

three types of infections measles mumps

and rubella if you are fully vaccinated

or there's no record available getting

vaccinated can be easily arranged and if

you do get vaccinated you should rate of

our mind before trying to get pregnant

the last point I'd like to make is that

preconception health is not only

important for the mother but for the

biological father also which is actually

quite nice because you might be really

motivated to keep up with the healthy

lifestyle if you know you're not in it

alone besting sperm count and quality

can be affected by numerous things such

as smoking heavy drinking recreational

drugs and more and so if you didn't have

the motivation to stop habits like these

before this might be the motivation you


and this is important because by

improvements your sperm count quality

you can improve your chances of becoming

pregnant and minimize risk of

developmental complications so when

should you start making these lifestyle

changes well since it takes about 72

days for sperm to develop and mature

it's good for lifestyle changes to take

place well in the advice ideally at

least two months before trying for a


so in summary here's what we recommend 1

start taking folic acid daily as soon as

you can to try to stop drinking smoking

and cut down your caffeine intake 3 talk

to your GP about sets of medications for

talk to your GP about any pre-existing

medical conditions or previous pregnancy

complications 5 check that you're up to

date on your rap sedation's and 6 the

lifestyle of the biological father

matters as well thanks for watching if

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