All Information Before You Get Pregnant
Best Pregnancy And Parenting Book
With the help of the Pregnancy And Parenting Book having a baby is one of the most exciting things that can happen to you. But you might be feeling nervous as well. If it’s your first baby, it’s hard to know what to expect.
Your mum, colleagues, friends, and relations might all be giving you advice. And then there is all the information on the internet as well as in magazines and books. At times it can feel overwhelming and it’s hard to know who is right when people say different things. This book brings together everything you need to know to have a healthy and happy pregnancy and to make sure you get the care that is right for you. The guidance about pregnancy and babies does change. So it’s important to get up-to-date, trusted advice so that you can make the right decisions and choices.
BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT
You should avoid drinking alcohol if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. If you do choose to drink, then protect your baby by drinking no more than one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week and don’t get drunk (see page 32)Take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day. You should continue to take this until you are 12 weeks pregnant (see page 27).If you or your partner take any medication, talk to your doctor about whether it will affect your pregnancy.Think about the lifestyle factors that might affect your ability to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy (see Chapter 3). This applies to men too. You are more likely to get pregnant if you are both in good health.If you have a health condition, for example mental health problems, diabetes or a family history of any inherited diseases, talk to your GP or a specialist before you try to get pregnantTalk to your GP or a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or need support.
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