Preconception checklist: 7 things you can do before getting pregnant: Invitae

Preconception checklist: 7 things you can do before getting pregnant: Invitae

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Want to give your baby the best start possible? Here are some things you can do to prepare before you get pregnant.

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Preconception checklist: 7 things you can do before getting pregnant

Presented by our site and Invitae

1. Learn your family history

Collect medical history from both sides of the family.

2. Schedule a preconception visit with your doctor

Discuss any medications you are taking, your medical history, and your health in general.

3. Learn about carrier screening

It can indicate if either parent is a carrier of serious inherited conditions.

Testing before you conceive gives you more options to lower your risk of having a child with a genetic condition.

Invitae makes carrier screening easy with at-home kits.

Order a kit, provide a saliva sample, and get your results in 2 to 3 weeks.

You can share your results with your doctor and discuss them by phone with a genetic counselor if you have any questions.

4. Start taking folic acid

Take 400 micrograms (mcg) a day starting one month before you conceive and during your first trimester.

5. Learn how to track ovulation

Most women use one of these methods: calendar, charting, or ovulation-predictor kits.

6. Investigate your immunity to infections

Your doctor can order tests to document immunity against certain infectious diseases that can be dangerous in pregnancy.

7. Kick-start healthy habits

Quit smoking, drinking, and other drugs.

Start exercising, and stock your fridge with healthy foods.

These are some of the steps you can take toward having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Presented by our site and Invitae

Watch the video: 7 things I wished I knew before get pregnant to help with diastasis postpartum (June 2022).


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