pregnancy

Planning another pregnancy

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You could increase the chances of becoming pregnant again if healthy and in good shape.

It is equally important to ensure that the person you are sharing with is in good health. Poor diet, smoking alcohol, or other unhealthy conditions could affect the quality of the sperm and even hinder the chances of having a baby.

Folic acid

It is recommended to take 400 micrograms of folic acids tablet each day when you’re trying to become pregnant, up to 12 weeks pregnancies.

It decreases the likelihood of having a child born with problems with the brain or the spinal cord, for example, the Spina Bifida. The tablets can be purchased from a local pharmacy or a grocery store.

It’s also important to consume foods that are rich in this vital vitamin. This includes leafy vegetables, breakfast cereals, bread, and cereals that contain an added dose of folic acid.

You’ll require a greater dose of folic acid in the following situations:

  • You or the baby’s other biological parent are suffering from defects in the spine, brain, or spinal cord (these are referred to as neural tube defects)
  • either you or the baby’s biological parent have a history of the family of defects in the neural tube
  • If you’ve had a prior pregnancy that was affected by a neural tube defect
  • If you suffer from coeliac disease.
  • You have diabetes
  • You take anti-epileptic medications
  • You take anti-retroviral medication to treat HIV
  • If you’re a BMI that is 30 or higher

Rubella (german measles) and pregnancies

Rubella can be extremely rare these days in the UK because of the increasing use of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination.

However, if you contract the infection during your early pregnancy, it may result in severe birth defects as well as miscarriage.

If you’re not certain if you’ve been given two doses of MMR vaccine, contact your GP for confirmation.

It is possible to get the vaccines at your GP practice if not received both doses or there’s no record.

You should not become pregnant for one month after getting received the MMR vaccination.

Make sure you are aware of the MMR vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women.

Epilepsy and diabetes

Discuss with your doctor prior to your attempt to become pregnant if you suffer from Diabetes. You’ll need some extra care during pregnancy.

Talk to your physician if you suffer from seizures. Some medications that treat epilepsy may result in birth defects.

There should be other epilepsy treatments that your doctor could recommend.

Pregnancy and mental health

If you’ve had a previous experience with an illness of the mind like postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis or PTSD discuss it with your doctor prior to trying to become pregnant.

You might have had trauma during your birth and are worried about having a new baby. Your midwife or doctor will be able to address your concerns and tailor your care to your needs.

Vaginal birth following cesarean section after cesarean section

If you’ve suffered a cesarean delivery you are likely to find you’ll be a vaginal birth when you have your next child.

It’s partly based on the reason you needed a cesarean and how many caesareans have you been through. A GP or midwife, or Obstetrician is able to provide you with advice.

It is recommended to undergo a cesarean birth when you have your next baby, If you:

  • There was a time when you had a rupture in your uterus (a hole in the wall in which your womb is)
  • before having a womb surgery
  • You have a vertical scar on your uterus
  • are affected by placenta praevia (where the cervical uterus has been blockage by the placenta)

After one cesarean section, you’re likely to go to the next stage and undergo vaginal delivery during your second pregnancy, if the pregnancy is simple.

However, if there are problems during labor, your midwife and Obstetrician may suggest that you undergo a cesarean. This is due to the possibility of complications that could result from prior scarring.

Cervical screening test

If you’re planning to undergo the cervical screening (smear) test it is recommended that you undergo this test before attempting to become pregnant.

If you’re requested to visit for a routine smear check when you’re pregnant, you must inform your GP or the clinic you’re at. It is common for them to advise you to schedule the test again for the 12th week after the birth of your child.

Your weight and that of your partner and fertility

It will increase your chances of becoming pregnant if you are with your spouse and have a healthy weight.

This is crucial when you or your partner are overweight (have a BMI of greater than 30) since this indicates that you’re more likely to experience less fertility.

When you are pregnant, you should find out if you’re healthy and receive specific advice using BMI, the BMI health weight calculation.

Contact your doctor or nurse at the practice for assistance or assistance.

Drugs and medicines to try

Some medications can be harmful to your baby if you use the pills while pregnant, whereas other medications are safe to use.

If you take medications regularly, consult your doctor about the possible adverse effects on fertility or the possibility of having a baby.

This should be done prior to when you begin to try for a child or when you discover that you’re expecting.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or midwife, before taking any over-the-counter medicines, and also herbal remedies.

Find out more details about the use of medicines during pregnancy…

Illegal drugs could influence your fertility or the growth of your baby if expecting.

To receive confidential and friendly advice, please contact:

  • Frank The drug information line, at 0300 123 6600
  • Narcotics Anonymous on 0300 999 1212

Infections that are sexually transmitted (STIs)

STIs can have a negative impact on your health and ability to become pregnant. If you think the person you’re with has an STI It’s crucial to have it checked out and treated prior to becoming pregnant.

STIs are transmitted via unprotected sexual relations when a person is infected. Certain STIs are transmitted from one individual to the next without being able to penetrate.

HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C can be transferred by sharing the equipment used to inject drugs, including needles.

In the event that you are HIV Positive, it is possible that you could transmit the virus to your child in the course of pregnancy when the baby is born or through nursing. Learn more about those living with HIV to learn information about pregnant women and HIV.

Fertility and the place you do your

If you or your spouse are exposed to X-rays, radiation, or pesticides at the place you work this could affect the fertility of your child.

Consult your GP in case you’re concerned. They’ll be able to advise you on any potential threats to your fertility.

Is it difficult to get pregnant?

It may take some time to be pregnant the third or fourth time around even if it was quite quickly the previous time.

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