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Sep 7, 2017

Pre-Pregnancy Health: Simple Steps To Ensure You're In Tip-Top Condition

If you’re thinking about starting a family, your health should be a priority. Many of us automatically start planning what a nursery will look like or trawling through name books, but the reality is that it’s not always easy to conceive. Even if you do fall pregnant quickly, the process is long and drawn-out, and it’s really important to consider your health, as well as planning for the arrival of a new addition. If you’re hoping to add to your family, here are some simple steps you can take to ensure that you’re in tip-top condition. 

Health checks

If you’re seriously considering trying for a baby, it’s hugely beneficial for both partners to see a doctor and have some basic checks and tests. In the unlikely event that tests flag up issues, these can be addressed before they start to cause problems and potentially reduce your risk of being able to conceive naturally. It’s a good idea to get your annual check up and have your BMI and blood pressure tested. Sexual health tests are also recommended, and you may be advised to have a blood test if you’ve been suffering from symptoms or you’ve been under the weather. The results of blood tests could help to rule out conditions that may make it harder to conceive. Dental health is also very important for pregnant women and those hoping to fall pregnant. Studies show that gum disease, which is much more common during pregnancy, can increase the risk of complications during birth and premature labor. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last six months, it’s wise to book an appointment. Even if you feel fine and you’ve not had any problems, it’s helpful to have health tests, as sometimes, symptoms aren’t obvious. If you have high blood pressure, for example, this can go unnoticed for a long period of time if you don’t have regular checks. 

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