8 questions to ask the doctor before pregnancy

If you plan to become a mother in the foreseeable future, it's time to tell about this not only to your partner, but also to your doctor.

As soon as you think about the offspring, first of all try to find a good gynecologist and find out from him everything about the state of your body and the prospects for carrying a healthy child, be sure to ask the following questions.

1. When to start taking prenatal vitamins?

One of the most well-studied phenomena in medicine is the undoubted benefit of folic acid intake during pregnancy. It makes a woman more fertile and provides the child with the necessary nutrition. The American Institute of Gynecology and Obstetrics recommends taking 0.4 mg of folic acid daily one month before the beginning of attempts to become pregnant and throughout pregnancy. Folic acid has been proven to reduce the risk of serious birth defects such as damage to the fetal neural tube.

2Can I continue to exercise at the gym?

Many hours of training on the simulators are undesirable, but it is useful to stay active. If you are healthy, moderate physical activity is recommended to improve fertility, mother's health and easy pregnancy. However, you must consult your doctor about specific exercises that vary for different organisms. In addition, some of them should be avoided during pregnancy, while others, on the contrary, are very useful.

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3. When is conception likely to occur?

You need to focus on the time of ovulation. It is proved that the more a couple makes love before ovulation, the more sperm gets into the female reproductive organs and the higher the chances of getting pregnant. Doctors recommend doing it every day or every other day for six days, up to the day of ovulation.

4. How much does it cost to wait after you stop taking the pill?

In contrast to popular misconceptions, contraceptives do not have a lasting negative effect on fertility. On the contrary, after the end of their admission the risk of becoming pregnant is higher than before.A woman should just wait for one normal menstrual cycle, and then begin trying to get pregnant. In almost all women, the regular cycle is resumed 90 days after the end of contraceptive use.

5. Does my weight matter?

Extremes in weight - too big or small - can lead to disruptions of ovulation and infertility. Low weight increases the risk of starvation of the fetus, while high weight can lead to miscarriage, increased pressure in the mother, diabetes, premature birth, fetal defects and missed abortion. Consult with a nutritionist on how to bring your weight back to normal,.

6. Am I too “old”?

Unfortunately, age does matter, and the older you get, the less chance you have of getting pregnant. Women are born with a full supply of eggs, approximately 1–2 million, while men start producing sperm only during puberty. The peak of female fertility lasts up to 30 years, after which its slow, but steady decline begins. However, theoretically, a woman can conceive before the onset of menopause, that is, on average, up to 51 years. In addition, the risk of miscarriage increases with age.

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7. Do I need to be vaccinated?

The first step is to take root against chickenpox and other viruses that can infect a child. This is especially true of Zika virus, transmitted by mosquito bites. The virus can be transmitted from the mother to the embryo during pregnancy and cause serious birth defects, especially during the first trimester. If a woman or a man has traveled to places where the virus is spread, it is recommended that conception be postponed for two months for women and six months for men from the day of return, even if the symptoms are absent.

8. Should genetic screening be done?

You need to know your medical history before conception through genetic screening. If a woman turns out to be a carrier of a genetic disease, then her partner should also be tested. If both turn out to be carriers, then their child will have a carrier with a 50% chance, and the disease itself with a 25% chance. Such screenings are already carried out for 100 diseases.

Date: 09.10.2018, 12:36 / Views: 42465

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