a pregnancy should be ďby choice and not by chanceĒ and ďby
appointment and not by accidentĒ. The couple should start their
preparation at least three to six months in advance, thereby
ensuring a solid foundation for the varied experiences of parenthood.
A coupleís decision for parenthood depends on a variety of factors
change of job or
counselling the pregnancy can be fueled by a proper balanced
diet coupled with a healthy life style, which will result not
only in a healthy stress free pregnancy but also in an easy
delivery with a healthy baby.
Start off by a preconception visit to your doctor. Always be
honest and open with the doctor, thus enabling the doctor to
know whether you will need special care during pregnancy. Pregnancy
puts special demands on a womanís body and a health problem,
which was initially under control can change during pregnancy.
As the quality of any crop will depend upon the quality of the
seeds, the soil and the environment, a healthy baby can only
result from the union of a healthy sperm and ova in the motherís
A Healthy Baby
addiction like alcohol, smoking, gutka, etc. should be
medical conditions like hypertension, cardiovascular disease,
diabetes and tuberculosis should be treated properly and
well controlled in the preconceptional stage.
there is family history of birth defects, genetic counselling
is a must. It is very important to rule out a thalasaemic
trait (major or minor) in the couple for a baby born with
thalasaemia major can have a life debilitating disease
like measles, mumps and
rubella can cause severe birth defects. It is best
to be vaccinated three to six months before you try to
transmitted diseases come in all types and forms. These
diseases not only affect the ability to conceive, but
can also infect and harm your baby e.g. HIV infections
(Human Immuno Deficiency Virus) and AIDíS (Acquired Immuno
Deficiency Syndrome). Once established such infections
persist for life with fatal outcomes.
new era of working, independent evolved women has resulted
in late marriages and late pregnancies. These women not
only face difficult stressful pregnancies with increasing
chances of vomitting and high blood pressure, but also
have increased chances of difficult vaginal deliveries
and increased chances of caesarian sections. A healthy
body with a balanced diet and life style, tuned by proper
exercise in the preconceptional stage can make things
easier for them.
counselling, which has been overlooked for so long by couples
should be seriously considered as it plays an important role
in planning out a healthy pregnancy, an easy labour and a healthy