The first few weeks of your pregnancy are most important for baby development.
You should be healthy and away from the type of activities at the conception time, which can harm your baby.
Those habits which you need to avoid from your daily routine for the safe growth of your baby include:
Alcohol consumption: Even a single sip of alcohol is not safe for your baby growth. So, you should avoid alcohol consumption [Fetal alcohol syndrome].
Caffeine: High levels of caffeine consumption can lead to delayed conception. Also, some studies proved that there is an increased risk of miscarriage in women who took more than 300 mg a day.
Smoking: According to the studies, smoking during pregnancy can lead to low-birth weight babies, preterm deliveries and infant deaths.
Herbs: There are no approved herbs by FDA. If you want to take any herb, it is better to discuss with your doctor about the safety of the drug.
Stress: Delayed or missed menstrual cycles are the results of stress. So, it will be very difficult for you to track the ovulation period and to become pregnant. So, you should limit the stress levels as much as you can.
Usage of recreational drugs: The use of recreational drugs raises the chances of premature births, miscarriage, low-birth weights, learning and behavioral problems.
Prescription drugs: Various prescription drugs can lead to birth defects. So, you should talk with your doctor about the usage of any prescription drug.
Harmful chemicals: Various chemicals can lead to malformation of embryo or uterus. For instance, exposure to pesticides can cause greater risk during 3-8 weeks of your first trimester.
In order to give birth to a healthy baby, you need to replace these old bad habits with new healthy ones. These habits are:
Refer the books on pregnancy: Refer the books on pregnancy and baby birth. It is essential that you should have proper knowledge on pregnancy prior to conception.
Regular workouts: If exercise is not a part of your regular schedule, then immediately start doing. You need to put a goal on what you want to achieve, whether you want to gain weight, lose weight, build muscles or want to improve the lung capacity.
Include exercises like swimming, walking, aerobics and bicycling in your daily routine. Yoga is also a great choice during your pregnancy. It mainly includes breathing, concentration and various postures which are very helpful at the time of your labor. Before starting any exercise schedule, it is better to talk with your healthcare provider and discuss which exercise is suitable for you.
Get enough rest: Getting enough sleep i.e. 8 hours a day is vital, because it reduces the stress and tension.
Healthy eating: Prenatal nutrition plays a great role in your preconception health. The healthier you are, the easier to become pregnant.
Do some relaxation techniques: Relaxation greatly helps to minimize the stress levels. Practice yoga, listen to some soft music or take a warm bath.
These are the essential things, which you need to be aware of, if you are planning for your baby.