Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Introduction to pregnancy - everything you need to know about pregnancy

Having a baby is one of the most exciting things that can happen to you. But you might be feeling nervous as well. If it’s your first baby, it’s hard to know what to expect.
Your mum, colleagues, friends and relations might all be giving you advice. And then there is all the information on the internet as well as in magazines and books. At times it can feel overwhelming and it’s hard to know who is right when people say different things.
This blog brings together everything you need to know to have a healthy and happy pregnancy, and to make sure you get the care that is right for you. The guidance about pregnancy and babies does change.
So it’s important to get up-to-date, trusted advice so that you can make the right decisions and choices.
If you have any questions or concerns – no matter how trivial they may seem – talk to your midwife or doctor. They are there to support you.
Before You Get Pregnant 
 Think about the lifestyle factors that might affect your ability to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy. This applies to men too. You are more likely to get pregnant if you are both in good health.
Eat a balanced diet.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Take exercise.
If you or your partner takes any medication, talk to your doctor about whether it will affect your pregnancy.
Take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day. You should continue to take this until you are 12 weeks pregnant.
If you have a health condition, for example mental health problems, diabetes or a family history of any inherited diseases, talk to your GP or a specialist before you try to get pregnant.
Talk to your GP or a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or need support.

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