You have made your mind and started reading books on parenting and pregnancy. Is this all that should be on your checklist? No there is more to it. Take a look at following essentials that you should take care of before you expect!
Get Ready Physically:
While the most important thing on your mind is painting that nursery and getting stuff for your baby, more important is the readiness of your body physically. To help you through a smooth pregnancy and labor get moving now!
Aim for a 30min of exercise daily and get your heart racing on most days of the week. Cycling, swimming, and jogging are all good for you. Packing on some muscles might make carrying your bundle of joy a lot joyful rather than being strenuous.
Start Taking Folic Acid:
Folic acid is the tool in your pocket that can help prevent serious birth defects related to neural tube and spine. To fix congenital birth defects a pediatric neurologist can help you. You can find and consult with the best pediatric neurologist in Lahore, Karachi or any other main city of Pakistan via Marham.pk. These occur in first few months after conceiving so it’s wise to start taking this before you expect. You will need 400mcg of this nutrient to prevent birth defects. Besides a pill, this is present in leafy greens, citrus, and beans.
Watch your Weight:
Becoming too skinny should not be your goal at this stage as this can hinder in conception. Also if you are overweight reduce to get your BMI in a healthy range. Being overweight also hinders conception and predisposes you to a higher risk of blood pressure, diabetes, and a long labor as well. You do not want that right?
To manage your blood pressure and diabetes book yourself an appointment with the best endocrinologist in Karachi or other main cities of Pakistan via marham.pk.
Eat Well for One:
You know you would be eating for two in upcoming days so master the game of eating right for one.get proper nutrition consultation and if wondering where to find a good nutritionist log on to marham.pk and book an appointment or an online consultation with the top most reviewed nutritionist in Karachi, Lahore or any other main city of Pakistan.
Book an Appointment with a Gynecologist:
Wondering why you need this before conceiving? Here are few important questions to ask before you expect:
- Is there any vaccine required?
- How to manage your existing health conditions?
- What prenatal vitamins should you be taking from now on?
- Is there any medicine to avoid?
- What screening tests to go for?
Visit a Geneticist:
This is essential to rule out any chance of genetic disorders in your upcoming baby. A simple saliva or blood test sample can be used to check out if you have genes for cystic fibrosis, sickle cell diseases or fragile X syndrome etc. These preconception tests are done if you have a family history or ethnicity inclination for a certain genetic disorder. You can find out about the best geneticist in Lahore, Karachi or any other main city of Pakistan via Marham.pk.
In addition to above-mentioned points, you should also:
- Quit smoking
- Cut back on caffeinated beverages
- Reduce sugar intake
- Stop consuming alcohol
- Also, start planning a budget for your baby ahead of time. We hope this helps you in keeping you healthy and prepared for the upcoming roller coaster ride.
Happy baby planning to you from all of us at Marham. 🙂
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