If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, a little bit of pre-pregnancy planning and education may help you. Read on to learn some common pre-pregnancy facts and myths.
There is Nothing I Can Do Before to Prepare for Getting Pregnant
Myth: Although some pregnancies are unplanned and there is no preparation, there are some things that you could do to prepare for pregnancy if you are planning to become pregnant. Planned Parenthood recommends making an appointment with your OBGYN provider for pre-pregnancy care. At this appointment a healthcare provider will examine you and ask you questions. They will be assessing for any problems that could affect your pregnancy. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions or bring up any concerns. They will order any testing they think is necessary.
I Should Go to the Dentist If I am Trying to Get Pregnant
Fact: Your OBGYN provider may recommend that you go to your dentist for routine dental care regularly. Gum disease can cause health issues during pregnancy and it is better to get treatment ahead of pregnancy if needed.
Certain Circumstances and Medical Conditions Can Make Pregnancy More Difficult
Fact: There are some circumstances and medical conditions that can make pregnancy more difficult. If you have any of the following conditions talk with your OBGYN provider.
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Chronic Health Conditions (diabetes, lupus, HIV, etc.)
- History of Miscarriages, Stillbirths, or Premature Births
- You are at Risk of Having a Child with Birth Defects or a Genetic Disorder
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Older than 35 years old
I Don’t Need to Avoid Anything While Trying to Get Pregnant
Myth: It is advised that if you are planning or trying to get pregnant you should avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress, work dangers, chemicals, and toxic substances.
I Should Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins
Fact: Talk with your healthcare provider before starting any new medications or vitamins. Some will recommend prenatal vitamins or folic acid if you are trying to get pregnant. Folic acid has been shown to help lower the risk of neural tube defects in infants.
For more helpful information on reproductive healthcare, visit the Planned Parenthood website by clicking here.
Parenthood, P. (n.d.). Pregnancy planning: Pre-pregnancy Health Care & Prep. Planned Parenthood. Retrieved August 23, 2022
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