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Pregnancy Planning

Planning for Pregnancy

A warm welcome to the expectant mothers who are eagerly looking for a new baby. It is the time that every pregnant woman should familiarize herself with what can be expected as the pregnancy progresses at different stages and the medical terminology used during pregnancy. Wherever you are in your journey of baby-making, we have the information you needed, to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Conception / Getting Pregnant

The conception takes place when a man’s sperm fertilizes with a woman’s egg.  Out of every 100 couples who are trying for a baby, 90 of them get pregnant within a year and for the rest of them take longer with or without the treatment. The couples who have been trying to conceive for a year without success are advised to visit a doctor.

To better understand the pregnancy, the below will help about male sexual organs, female sexual organs, and how a monthly menstrual cycle of woman work.

Woman’s menstrual cycle is calculated from the first day of her periods till the next month her menstruation begins. The average cycle is 28 days; it can be shorter or longer.

Check list on how to plan for a baby

  1. When to become pregnant
  2. How many children to have
  3. Monetary security for your baby
  4. Your working pattern
When to have your first child is a very common concern to many young couple when they start their new married life. It is suggested to allow some time may be about six months to prepare mentally and physically and start taking up good habits and get rid of any bad habits.

Consult your gynaecologist if you have any of the below risk factors before you plan to become pregnant.

  • If your age is 30 years or above.  
  • Have had two or more abortions in the past. 
  • Recurrent miscarriages or still births. 
  • Have had Blood pressure in your previous pregnancy/pregnancies.      
  • If you have gestational diabetes (sugar in your previous pregnancy).
  • Have heart disease.
  • Have tuberculosis (TB).
  • Have chronic renal diseases. 
  • Rh factor incompatibility.
  • Previous child who is mentally retarded.
  • Either of the parents or one of the parents is mentally retarded.  
  • Previous preterm delivery
  • Previous neonatal baby death. 
  • Anaemia that required blood transfusion.
  • Congenital anomalies in your previous baby.  
The intention of above evaluation is to identify the risk and complications at an early stage and start treatment at the earliest to decrease the risk for both mother and the baby.

Your doctor will also advise to you take 400 mcg of folic acid supplements when you are planning to become pregnant and during the first trimester of pregnancy to help prevent serious abnormalities in your baby. If you or your family has a history of neural tube defects, you may require taking a higher daily dose of folic acid and your doctor will advise you of this.

When to See a Gynecologist?

  • If you are trying to conceive for a year or more and are failed to achieve it.
  • If you have missed your periods and are suspecting as pregnant.
If you belong to the high risk group, you must visit your gynaecologist before you take a decision to conceive

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