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Why should you be concerned about your Preconception health?

25 Aug 2015

Preconception health is a woman's health before she becomes pregnant. It involves your existing knowledge as well as efforts made at  knowing how health conditions and risk factors could affect a woman or her unborn baby if she becomes pregnant.  For example, are you aware that there are some foods, habits, and medicines that can harm your baby — even before he or she is conceived? Or are you aware that some diseases that you don’t have but your other close family members (first blood relations) have can find way into your womb genetically an affect your baby s health?

Every woman should be thinking about her health whether or not she is planning pregnancy. One reason is that about half of all pregnancies are not planned. Unplanned pregnancies are at greater risk of premature deliveries and low birth weight for the newborn babies. Experts agree that women need to be healthier before becoming pregnant. By taking action on health issues and risks before pregnancy, you can prevent problems that might affect you or your baby later.

Five most important “to do things” to boost your preconception health

Women and men should prepare for pregnancy before becoming sexually active — or at least three months before getting pregnant. Some actions, such as quitting smoking, reaching a healthy weight, or adjusting medicines you are using, should start even earlier. The five most important things you can do for preconception health are:

  1. Take your daily dose of folic every day if you are planning or capable of pregnancy to lower your risk of some birth defects of the brain and spine. All women need folic acid every day.
  2. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol or any other addictive substances, even caffeine.
  3. If you have any medical condition, be sure it is under control. Some conditions that can affect pregnancy or be affected by it include diabetes, blood pressure, diabetes or sexually transmitted diseases.
  4. Ask your doctor about any over-the-counter and prescription medicines you are consuming. These also include dietary or herbal supplements.
  5. Avoid contact with toxic substances or materials that could cause infection at work and at home. 


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