You need to cross-check your prevailing health status, and ensure you are in optimal health as you embark on getting pregnant. That means being up to date with all recommended health screening tests. Such screening includes sexual health screening, cervical cancer screening and any other relevant screening tests individualized to your specific circumstances. Check also that you are up to date with all the recommended vaccines. You may consider visiting your gynecologist for a pre-pregnancy check-up.
Your diet must include lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. This combination ensures you are getting the extra calories required during pregnancy, including all the necessary micro-nutrients that your developing baby needs. Whole grains and complex starches will give you healthy carbohydrates that leave you feeling fuller for longer. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, iron, calcium, fibre and other trace elements that will supplement your increased requirements in pregnancy. Lean meats, beans, poultry and dairy products give you a rich mix of proteins, iron and calcium. Don’t forget sea food which contains healthy fats necessary for the baby’s neurological development. Plant sources for healthy fats include nuts, flax and chia seeds among others.
Home births were the norm in aeons gone by. But by the turn of the 1900s, hospital births started becoming more common. It is estimated that nowadays, home births account for only one percent of all deliveries. However some developed countries have well-organized programs that support home births, recording slightly higher regional statistics.