Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fact and Opinion on Baby and Pregnancy

Being a mom is the best thing that could ever happen to a women. Some women LOVE being pregnant while for others it is the hardest thing they ever have to do.
I have two little angels myself and for me being pregnant was wonderful and giving birth was THE BEST FEELING EVER!
From the day you find out you are pregnant, the first movement, the birth of your precious baby and then every single day after that, makes life worthwhile.

Planning a baby
It's a big decision because it's going to change your life forever. For some couples trying for a baby can be an anxious time (especially if you have trouble falling pregnant) but luckily most couples do not experience any problems.
9 out of 10 women conceive during the first year of trying (a year is considered as normal). Women in their 20s are less likely to have fertility problems while women in their late 30s and 40s might experience a bit more trouble falling pregnant. Saying that I know a few ladies who had their babies at an older age without any difficulty. BUT if you are older and you don't conceive within six months, it's worth going to a gynae to get some advice.

Before you start planning for a baby it is wise to take a look at the type of lifestyle you have. You don't have to make big changes but maybe some of you are going to have to take somethings into consideration to ensure you are in good health AND give birth to a healthy baby.

Things to take into consideration:
- Diet
- Smoking

- Alcohol (drinking can increase the risk of miscarriage and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
- Medical Conditions (you or partner are taking medication for on regular basis)
- Genetic or Congenital condition ( in the two families)
- Rubella ( if you think you are not protected against this desease you must get a vaccination 3 months before you start trying to conceive. Rubella causes birthdefects in unborn babies)

If you have a hectic lifestyle try to slow things down a bit, cut down on the coffee if you are drinking more than 3 cups a day and remember that you are most fertile in the middle of your menstrual cycle.
I almost forgot one of the most important things FOLIC ACID. You have to start taking a supplement (0.4mg) at least 2 months before falling pregnant and for the 1st trimester. This has been shown to reduce spina bifida and other neural tube defects in babies.

Ty not to let your attempts to have a baby become the focal point of your life. Just relax and enjoy!

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