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  • Tuesday, June, 2024| Today's Market | Current Time: 08:55:18
  • by: Dr. Amina Beevi, Senior Specialist – Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Aster MIMS, Calicut

     Traditionally, the idea of starting a family soon after marriage was the norm. However, times have changed, and many couples now consciously decide when to start on the journey of parenthood. There are some important considerations and steps for preparing for pregnancy in the modern age.

    The best age for pregnancy is often believed to be between the ages of 25 and 30. Getting pregnant after 30 is not an issue in and of itself, but it may necessitate greater attention to specific circumstances.

    Your Checklist

    Keep Track on Your Cycle : it’s crucial for women to monitor their health. Start by checking menstrual cycle – ensure it is regular and free from any problems like pain or excessive bleeding.

    Body Weight and BMI: Maintaining a healthy weight is paramount when preparing for pregnancy. Calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine if one fall within the healthy range is the solution. BMI between 18 and 23 is considered ideal. If BMI exceeds 30, it’s advisable to work on reducing it before attempting to conceive, as obesity can make conception more challenging.

    Medication: If you are taking any medications especially those related to heart conditions or psychiatric issues, it should be informed to the doctor.  Discuss whether these medications may impact your ability to conceive.

    Dietary Considerations: A balanced diet plays a crucial role in preparing body for pregnancy. Avoid fast foods and high-calorie treats like chocolate, ice cream, and baked goods, as these can lead to weight gain and potentially health issues like PCOD (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and diabetes. Instead, focus on a diet rich in low-carbohydrate foods, including plenty of vegetables and fruits, and incorporate healthy fats. Don’t forget to include sources of protein for a well-rounded pregnancy diet.

    During pregnancy, it’s advisable to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and nuts for added nutritional benefits. Consider adding an extra 200 calories when you enter the second trimester (months 4–7) to assist your growing baby. An extra 400 calories will help meet the increased energy requirement in the third trimester (months 8 to 9). 

    But physical activity during pregnancy should be approached with caution. In the first trimester, light exercises like walking are recommended and it is better to have folic acid tablets for the betterment of both baby and mom. During the second trimester, focus on stretching exercises, avoiding strenuous activities and weightlifting. In the third trimester, opt for floor-based exercises that are less strenuous on the body. You can also add iron and calcium tablets during second and third trimester.

    The first trimester carries a higher risk of miscarriage, so it’s a critical period to exercise caution. If there are no complications, walking exercises can be continued. Avoid long travels, especially on two-wheelers, during the first trimester.

    It is critical not to overeat or oversleep after delivery. Gradual post-pregnancy exercise can help with healing. When nursing, be conscious of your food to maintain sufficient nutrition for both you and your baby, but don’t overeat.

    The decision to become a parent is a profound one, and by taking these steps, you can boost your chances of enjoying a safe and successful pregnancy when the time is appropriate for you and your partner. 


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