Preconception checklist for women
A “mother-to-be” is expected to make sure of some simple lifestyle modifications that not only keeps you away from fertility problems but also makes you stay healthy and fit. The following are few suggestions that could increase the chances of you becoming a father sooner.
- Do you smoke? Studies have proven that smoking or other forms tobacco consumption has adverse affects on the ovulation. It is better to quit smoking or at least temporarily restrain.
- Do you drink alcohol? Excess alcohol consumption could result in irregularities of menstrual cycle. Limit yourself to not more than 175ml of alcohol per day.
It is advisable to limit your caffeine intake to not more than 300 mg per day
- Are you eating healthy food? Eat foods rich in folic acid, fibre, vitamins, etc. The daily intake of folic acid should be minimum of 400 micrograms.
- Do you maintain ideal weight? Studies have shown that being overweight by 20 pounds could decrease the chances of becoming father by 10%. So, it is advisable to start exercising and get rid of the extra pounds. At the same time, underweight women are at the risk of delivering low birth weight babies.
- Did you fix appointment for doctor check-up? A preconception appointment with the doctor is a necessity. It gives the overall view of your medical history and if any of these factors could affect the fertility.Discuss how to chart your menstrual cycle.Get complete physical examination done to rule out any infectious diseases such as hepatitis, HIV, syphilis, etc.Get a genetic counselling done.
- Are you in stress? Stress could impair the normal balance of hormones in the body resulting in fertility problems. Do not get yourself into stress. Be happy and enjoy every moment in life. Support and stay with your partner through the journey of becoming parents.
- Are you taking any medicines? Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicines. Some over-the-counter drugs can cause birth defects in the babies.
- Are you exposed to work hazards?
Work place problems such as x-rays, lead, cat faeces may reduce the chances of becoming pregnant or maintain a healthy life during pregnancy.