This will help ascertain if you are getting enough exercise.
Alcohol intake can inhibit fertility as well as cause birth defects.
It is especially important for women who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, eating disorders, or depression to these things with their doctor before becoming pregnant.
This will determine if your shots are up to date or whether you need to be vaccinated for certain diseases like Chickenpox and Rubella. Vaccinations of this type should occur at least 3 months prior to pregnancy.
This will determine whether you need to be screened for sexually transmitted disease, Hepatitis B, or toxoplasmosis.
There are certain medications that can be prescribed to the mother during pregnancy to help decrease certain risks to both the mother and the baby.
Medical Tests Before PregnancyYour doctor will also be able to assist you in determining genetic testing you may want to seek out before becoming pregnant. These tests include:
- Tay-Sachs disease
- Sickle-cell anemia
- Cystic fibrosis
Health Tips Before Becoming Pregnant?Your health care provider will likely recommend:
- An increase in your daily folic acid intake.
- Avoid Caffeine
- Cut back on alcohol, or better yet completely abstain
- Cease tobacco usage
- Continue or improve your exercising habits
- Improve your diet
- Stop taking oral contraception 3 about months prior to trying to conceive. Or at least try to wait until you have had at least one regular menstrual period.
- Increase your water intake
- Get your dental cleaning and dental care up to date before getting pregnant
- Take prenatal vitamins