Medicine and Foods to Avoid When Trying to Get Pregnant
Pregnancy and childbearing takes a lot of planning and preparation. This involves physical, emotional and psychological toning for the couple. There are also a lot of lifestyle changes required for a safe pregnancy. You will need to prepare your body for pregnancy. This will involve paying a lot of attention to what you consume, because what you eat goes directly or indirectly to your baby before and during pregnancy. Your baby's organs begin forming around 17 days after conception when most people don't know they are pregnant. Most doctors recommend that you take a little control over the natural process of pregnancy and see a doctor before you conceive to make sure you and your baby get a healthy start. Prior to conceiving, women should have a check up and consultation with their obstetricians to discuss general health and how it may affect a pregnancy. Doctors will also want to review any medical treatments, medications, vitamins and herbs you may be taking as some may be harmful to a developing baby and should be changed or stopped before getting pregnant. You and your partner should give yourselves a few months to prepare for pregnancy. With a little planning, some common sense and by following the advice of your doctor or health officer, you will be able to start your new family in the happiest, healthiest way possible. Here is a list of foods that you should avoid when trying to conceive: * Cigarette, alcohol and drugs. * Caffeine (coffee, black tea, cola, and chocolate). * Excesses of Vitamins A, C, or D * Avoid raw or undercooked meats * Avoid raw or undercooked eggs * Soft cheese You should, however, take a vitamin supplement containing 0.4 mg (400 mcg) of folic acid at least three months before they try to conceive. Folic acid in your diet lowers the chance of having a child with a neural tube defect such as spina bifida.