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Things to consider when planning for pregnancy

Are you planning for pregnancy in the UK? If so, don’t be hasty and rush into the act. When it comes to planning your pregnancy you will need to plan ahead and carefully consider a few important things that will:

  1. Improve your chances of getting pregnant.
  2. Ensure you have a healthy pregnancy.

Both of these considerations are crucial, and planning with your partner can ensure they are achievable. Without further ado, Pacific Prime UK has come up with the following important points to help you prepare for the healthiest pregnancy possible.

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Make a plan with your partner

First up – plan, plan, and plan! It is imperative that you thoroughly discuss and make plans with your partner. You should consider the following together:

  • How do both of you feel about conceiving a baby?
  • Are you both financially stable to bring up another person?
  • Have you considered taking out a maternity insurance plan to cover pregnancy treatments?

Although these points represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to you forming your plans, both parents have to consider as many of them as possible.

A plan will help both of you achieve your goal. For example, think about when you didn’t want to have a baby, you both used effective birth control methods to achieve that goal. However, now that you are considering conceiving and having the healthiest pregnancy possible, it is more important than ever to plan on how to achieve that goal.

Together you can list out the things that you need to know, including when it is best to conceive during the month or when you would like your child to be born. Communication is also important so that both partners understand what to do and how to do it together.

If you are living abroad as an expat and have individual health insurance, then you may want to speak to your insurance carrier or insurance broker if you have maternity insurance cover already included? If not then you may want to consider adding it on.

See your doctor

Included in your plan above should be a visit to your doctor or gynaecologist to discuss preconception healthcare. During your visit, you should discuss the following:

  • Medical conditions

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, discuss the implications that they may on having a successful pregnancy. You have to make sure that they are under control and being treated well. If you feel that your problems persist that it is best to mitigate them by seeking professional help. Some of these conditions include sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), diabetes, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases.

  • Lifestyle and behaviours

Stress due to work or personal circumstances may be causing both you and your partner to live unhealthy lifestyles, like frequently consuming alcohol, eating unhealthily or smoking profusely.

Seeing a healthcare professional, therapist or other support services can help treat these addictions that come with drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. More so, if work is the cause of stress, then it is best to raise any issues with your senior manager. Employee benefits may include schemes or solutions to help manage stress. Stress management classes or simply asking your employer to restructure your duties and responsibilities may help.

If problems arise outside of work it may be reasonable to discuss them with a counsellor, therapist, psychologist or doctor. Your partner may have a behavioural disorder like anxiety, depression or an eating disorder. Thus before planning to conceive, it is best to weigh out these problems and seek the right solutions before attempting to conceive.

  • Medication

Did you know that taking certain medicines during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects? These may include some prescription, and over-the-counter drugs, dietary, herbal supplements or contraceptive pills. Therefore, it is advised that you discuss with your doctor about any medication(s) you currently take, that may impact you from having a healthy pregnancy.

  • Vaccination

There are a number of vaccinations that you should have to protect you from certain infections before you become pregnant, during pregnancy, and right after delivery. Seeing your local GP so that you have the right types of vaccinations will not only keep you healthy, but also help keep your baby from getting ill or having lifelong health problems after birth.

Take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day

Folic acid is a type of B vitamin, and according to the CDC, all women of productive age should be taking 400 mcg of folic acid every day. Folic acid for those that are unaware, is used to make new cells in the body. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body, at least 1 month before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.

Download our maternity insurance guide

As mentioned at the beginning, it is important to consider securing maternity insurance. If you are unsure why and would like further information to help you understand along the way, then Pacific Pacific UK can help!

We have a professional guide for individuals planning for pregnancy pertaining to maternity insurance terms and coverage, and the cost of giving birth abroad. The maternity insurance guide is available to download for free. However, if you are well informed and wish to speak to our local consultant, feel free to contact us today!