Pregnancy is a turning point of any woman’s life. The news of pregnancy evokes mixed reactions and the would- be mother is often unsure of herself. Especially, if you are a first time mom to be, then the confusion is natural since you don’t have any prior experience. Well, there is no reason to worry! Before you conceive, it’s good to know a few things to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and have a normal delivery. Learning important things in advance can save you from complications at a later stage.
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20 Tips For New-Mom-To-Be:
It is essential to know some basics so that you can be ready when your little bundle of joy finally arrives. It is a mother’s responsibility to take care of her baby’s needs; in fact the baby’s health is directly dependent on the mother’s health throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is vital to closely monitor your health and fetal development. Keep your ob-gyn updated wi
Here we have compiled a set of top 20 tips which we think are best for you to keep in mind before pregnancy.
1. Visit Your Doctor:
It is very important to line up an appointment with an experienced ob-gyn (obstetrics and gynecologist) to get a preconception test done. If it is your family doctor, then she may know your family history, your medical condition and your present medication. Based on these facts, your doctor will suggest necessary blood, urine and other requisite tests to be done before pregnancy.
Many couples have benefited having done their pre pregnancy check-up. Besides, the doctor can also guide you on various aspects of pregnancy and what are the common myths and truths associated. A meeting with your doctor can help you clarify your first inhibitions and may boost your confidence on becoming a mother.
2. Know Your Ovulation Cycle:
A woman’s menstrual cycle is between 28-32 days; sometimes the duration is shorter or longer. Ovulation is actually calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP) or by calculating 12-16 days from the next period. Most women ovulate between day 11 and day 21 of their menstrual cycle. It is very important to keep track of your ovulation cycle. If you conceive, the doctor will definitely ask you about the duration of your last menstrual cycle, because the expected due date is calculated on the basis of the last menstrual period (LMP).
There are more chances for you to conceive if you have an intercourse on your most fertile days. Thus, it is necessary to keep a track on when you ovulate.
- The easiest method to find out when you ovulate is by keeping a track of your menstrual cycles.
- If you have a regular menstrual cycle, then keep a track of at least last six cycles.
However, if you are not comfortable with the manual calculation, then you can easily purchase ovulation kits available in the market, which tells about your fertile day based on your urine sample. Nowadays, ‘ovulation calculator’ available on the Internet can track your exact fertile dates; you can utilize them as well.
Sometimes, the ovulation doesn’t happen in the right time. This is the main cause behind infertility. There are many factors that disrupt the normal ovulation cycle. These are:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): This is a common cause of female infertility. The reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance, this triggers ovarian cyst.There are changes in the pituitary glands, hypothalamus and the ovaries that cause the delay in ovulation.Other than delaying ovulation it also causes abnormal growth of hair in face and neck, insulin resistance and acne.
- Hypothalamic Dysfunction: The pituitary gland secretes two hormones- the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) that is responsible for ovulation every month. Physical and emotional stress, obesity or low body weight can disrupt the hormone flow and pattern. This affects both ovulation and menstrual cycle. This is the main cause behind irregular menstrual cycles.
- Premature Ovarian Insufficiency: This disorder happens due to an autoimmune response, when the body attacks the ovarian tissues by mistake. This naturally leads to loss of eggs. Genetic and environmental factors can also cause ovarian insufficiency. Also with age the amount of estrogen decreases and thus fewer eggs are formed in the ovary.
- Over Secretion of Prolactin: The pituitary gland can cause excess production of prolactin. This condition is called hyperprolactinemia. The over secretion of prolactin disrupts estrogen production and this eventually cause infertility.This problem occurs when the pituitary gland doesn’t function properly.Sometimes, medicines also cause excess of prolactin and cause infertility.