Doctors wished they had a 100% cure-all, foolproof way to prevent preterm labor or premature births. So although that’s out of the question for now (for various reasons, some premature births are unfortunately inevitable), there are several ways noted by the Mayo Clinic for many to prevent either of these events from happening. This is a concern because premature births seem to be increasing. Consequently, the emphasis is on encouraging women to lead healthier lifestyles for the sake of their health and their babies.
Tips for a healthier lifestyle:
Regular prenatal care is a must! Prenatal care is an excellent way to keep up with any changes with you or your unborn child.
Have a good diet. For pregnant mothers, folic acid is a high concern – as is calcium, iron and protein. So it’s a good idea to take a daily prenatal vitamin – even before conception if possible.
Manage pre-existing health conditions. Are you a diabetic? Suffer from high blood pressure? Then work more closely with your doctor to keep such conditions under control.
Avoid the obvious no-nos. That means if you smoke – quit. Of course, alcohol and illicit drugs are out of the question as well. Even if you need to take over-the-counter medicines or are interested in certain supplements, check with your doctor first.
Decrease stress. Easier said, a little harder to do to be sure. But make a concerted effort to set reasonable limits and stick to them. This may include such things as having time to yourself on a daily basis. And when you need help, ask for it.
Keep up dental hygiene. This means keeping dental appointments, brushing often and flossing daily. Why? According to some studies, gum disease may have a link to preterm labor and premature births.
Let’s talk about sex. If you are having certain complications like vaginal bleeding or cervix and/or placental problems, sex will probably be off limits for you.
Finally, follow your doctor’s orders. This is especially true if you are exhibiting signs of preterm labor. Sometimes doctors may suggest bed rest, working less or scaling back other physical activities.
Best in Health!