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What advice would you give to a woman who is planning to become pregnant?

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What advice would you give to a woman who is planning to become pregnant? If you are planning to become pregnant, there are many points you must first consider, and things you must do, to ensure your baby is healthy. Firstly you need to make sure you are prepared and capable of looking after a baby. You need enough space not just for a baby, but also for all its toys, clothes and cot etc, and you need to make sure you can afford all the baby's clothes and food, nappies etc. Babies also completely change your lifestyle; you won't be able to go out whenever you want, you get an extreme lack of sleep, it could affect your career and will have to stay at home the majority of the time to look after your baby. ...read more.


Any alcohol and drugs travel straight to your baby, again via the placenta. An occasional drink of alcohol is unlikely to harm the baby, but regular or a lot of alcohol can cause the baby to be deformed, or born addicted to alcohol. Drugs; such as LSD, cannabis, ecstasy, crack cocaine, heroin, and the solvents from some solvents and glues are incredibly dangerous to a baby. If taken buy the mother, the baby could be born deformed or addicted to the drug, the baby would then suffer terrible withdrawal symptoms, the same way as which an adult suffers. Also, medicines are potentially dangerous, but it is unlikely you will be prescribed them if your doctor knows that you are pregnant. ...read more.


Most women are immune to chicken pox, however during pregnancy the mother could become very ill, and the baby affected. You mustn't make any contact with cat faeces, so you can leave the litter tray, and also any sheep, particularly at lambing, as these can both harm the baby. A rare disease, called Listeriosis, and in its mild form it is like influenza. Even a mild attack could result in miscarriage, still birth or severe illness in the unborn baby. It is caused by bacteria (listeria monocytogens), which can also grow in soft and blue veined cheeses, not fully heated meals, and meat which is not cooked properly. Whilst you are pregnant you should avoid all these foods, and also they habits I mentioned above upwards. ...read more.

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