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Advanced Maternal Age – Keeping Your Pregnancy Safe
Are you pregnant and above 35? Congratulations! Now that you are pregnant, it is important to know how to keep your pregnancy safe to deliver a healthy baby. Read on to find out what precautions you need to take whilst you are pregnant.
Establishing with an obstetrician
Once you know you are pregnant, make an appointment immediately to visit your obstetrician. Your doctor will help allay your fears and tell you what to expect during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Knowing what precautions to take will make you confident to sail through your pregnancy smoothly.
Make sure your diet includes a lot of protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid. If you have not started your prenatal vitamins already, you doctor will prescribe those to you now. Do not take any supplements or herbs without seeking your doctor’s approval. Avoid junk food.
Quit smoking, alcohol, and illicit drug use
If you have not already done so, quit smoking and drinking now. Needless to mention, illicit drug use is a clear no-no. These can affect your developing baby and can cause preterm birth and low birth weight. Always remember that whatever goes into you, goes to your baby too.
Staying physically active
Being pregnant need not stop you from exercising. Unless yours is a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor will ask you to do moderate exercise. Walking is a great exercise and will help you get rid of any tiredness or discomfort. Keep in mind not to overdo any exercise. If you feel any discomfort or palpitations while exercising, stop what you are doing and take rest. If that does not relieve you of the discomfort, try to contact your doctor and seek guidance.
Gaining the right amount of weight
About 25 to 35 pounds of weight gain is considered adequate for a person who had an ideal weight before pregnancy. If you are already overweight, then you will need to keep an eye on the weight gain.
Take prescribed medications
You will most probably be prescribed iron and calcium from your 2nd trimester. Make sure to take these religiously. Else, your baby will take its requirement from your body and your levels will get depleted, leaving you weaker and unhealthy.
Keeping your doctor appointments
Make sure not to skip your doctor appointments at any cost. Your doctor might require you to take a few prenatal tests and ultrasound. These will include tests to detect any chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus.
Following the above guidelines and going by your doctor’s advice will ensure that you have a smooth pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.