We all know we should get regular checkups and live a healthy lifestyle. That includes eating right, exercising, and getting routine medical care. But sometimes life gets busy, and we fall behind.
When you’re trying to conceive, it’s especially important to make sure that you get your tune-up. A preconception checkup with your doctor can help you follow healthy habits and take the right actions to give your baby a healthy start. If you’re trying to conceive, you can also turn to many helpful preconception health checklists from reputable medical organizations. Check out these lists from the March of Dimes and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some of the recommendations in these preconception checklists seem obvious because they are a part of basic health maintenance. They include following a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight, abandoning alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drug consumption, receiving regular screenings for disease, and keeping up-to-date with your vaccines. However, some items on preconception health checklists are more specific for those trying to conceive. Along with a nutritious diet and maintaining a healthy weight, adding prenatal vitamins to your diet helps you get the proper nutrients for your baby. Along with regular screenings, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and chronic diseases (such as diabetes) is important. These checklists include recommendations to get preconception counseling to optimize your chances while you’re trying to conceive, and genetic counseling to investigate any inherited genetic disorders that might affect your baby. In addition, you should check out your Rh blood protein type to manage any immune response issues that might arise during pregnancy.
Even the most basic health routines shouldn’t get overlooked when you’re trying to conceive. For example, don’t forget to get your teeth cleaned, and make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. See your dentist and get major dental procedures, especially those requiring anesthesia, before you are pregnant. According to the March of Dimes, some studies have shown a link between gum disease and an increased risk of having a premature baby with low birth weight. Last, make sure any medications you take now are safe for when you are pregnant.
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