1 Find out how healthy you are. Parenting impacts the body. Research shows that women’s brains are altered by the hormonal changes brought about by pregnancy. There are also the physical changes from childbirth, such as scars from delivery or residual weight gain from the pregnancy. Also, both the mother and father are subjected to sleepless nights in the first few months, which can affect their physical and mental wellbeing.
Before having another baby, make sure you know you are ready for the task of having a newborn around. How is your blood sugar level? Your blood pressure? Take a trip to the doctor and see if you have any conditions you need to address. Knowing the state of your health before conceiving enables you to take the steps needed to support a healthier pregnancy.
2 Stock up on folic. Vitamins are good for the body. But some vitamins are more essential than others when it comes to supporting new life. One of these all-important vitamins is folic acid. It is a type of B vitamin, and it is recommended for women planning on getting pregnant.
During the early stages of pregnancy, folic acid aids in the development of neural tubes. Taking 400 micrograms of folic acid daily can reduce the risk of birth defects such as anencephaly and spina bifida. Women can take supplements and eat food rich in folic acid at least a month before getting pregnant and continue until the first trimester of pregnancy.
3 Strengthen your body for pregnancy. Pregnancy changes your body because, for about 40 weeks, it supports a growing baby. After childbirth, it is normal that things do not go back to the way they were. For instance, the muscles around the abdomen and the pelvic floor can be weakened or put out of balance.
Prepare your body for another round by strengthening your body through regular exercise. Focus on the lower part of your body by doing squats, Kegels, or pelvic thrusts. Another benefit of exercise is that it strengthens your heart, which has to pump up to 50 percent more blood to support you and the baby.
4 Have a plan. Pregnancy is not just about physical change. You should also consider the emotional and mental challenges up ahead. The best way to combat any anxiety over these changes is to have a plan.
The cost of supporting another family member can be addressed by reassessing the family budget and finding ways to increase income. It is also a good idea to find out about benefits afforded to you by the government or your workplace before you are actually pregnant.
Finally, set up better financial safeguards to prepare for more dependents by choosing the appropriate insurance plan. If you already have one, review the policy if it is sufficient for your growing family.
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Whether you are planning on having a second, third, or even fourth child, it is important to care for the whole family equally. This means that you should take precautions to have a healthy pregnancy—and ensure protection for your loved ones with the right kind of insurance plan.
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