What to do before your next pregnancy

It is important to take certain steps to reduce the risk  for both you and your baby before your next pregnancy.  Proper health before getting pregnant is very important. The first few weeks of a child’s development is very crucial. However most women do not know that they are pregnant until several weeks after conception. Planning ahead and taking care of  yourself is the best thing you can do before you become pregnant .

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One of the most important things you need to do is to go for a preconception care. During this visit , your health care provider  asses  your overall health  and identify  potential risk factors that can complicate your pregnancy. By preparing in advance , you can become your healthiest before becoming pregnant. A preconception read more

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Using Medications During Pregnancy

A pregnant woman should always check with her doctor before using   prescription or over the counter medication. This includes dietary supplements and herbs. All medications affect the fetus in a different way  depending the stage of development and type or dosage of medication being taken.

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Women who take medication for preexisting  conditions such as epilepsy and high blood pressure  should always check with their doctors or midwives about these medications. It is important to find medications thats are safe for the fetus  as well as effective in treating the condition. read more

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Avoiding a Cesarean

There has been a gradual increase in cesarean births over the past 30 years. More than a quarter of pregnant women in the U.S.A are likely to deliver through  cesarean.

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Key Factors in Considering a Cesarean Birth

Several factors can influence the choice of a cesarean vs vaginal delivery. This include the following :

  • Choice of health care provider and their philosophy regarding a cesarean birth.
  • Birth setting.
  • Access to labor support.
  • Medical interventions during labor.
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    Ways to Make Taking Prenatal Vitamins Easier

    Taking prenatal vitamins into your nutritional regimen during pregnancy is  the best way to support your vitamin and nutrient intake that is often lacking in the food we consume.

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    Prenatal vitamins help support a healthy pregnancy and helps to replenish the vitamin stores that are depleted through breastfeeding.

    Prenatal vitamins are larger and more difficult to swallow. Most of the time, prenatal vitamins are known to cause stomach upset especially when there are several pills in one serving. read more

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    Low Blood Sugar During Pregnancy

    Low blood sugar also known as  hypoglycemia  is when the blood sugar level drops too low. This condition is more likely to occur if you treat diabetes with insulin rather from diet and metformin.

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    There  can be some fluctuations  in blood sugar during pregnancy despite our best efforts to maintain it. If you are having problems maintaining  blood sugar during pregnancy, it is important to discuss this with your doctor.

    What are the causes of blood sugar during pregnancy  ?

    Causes of blood sugar during pregnancy include the following : read more

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    Sex during pregnancy : When its not safe

    It is usually safe to have sex during pregnancy. If you don’t have any complications during pregnancy, having sex should not  pose any problems to you and your baby. The baby is surrounded and cushioned by the amniotic fluid. He is also protect by  the uterus and layer of muscles.  The mucus plug inside the cervix also helps safe guard against infections.

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    However in certain circumstances, you may need to modify your activity or abstain from sex altogether.

    Your healthcare provider may advice against having sex if you have: read more

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