4 ways to lower the risk of delivering a low birth weight infant

Newly born child

However, the fact is that even women who are above 152 cm can deliver low birth weight babies. So how can one prevent that? Well, there are a few ways of lowering the risk of having a low birth weight baby.

1. Start prenatal care: 

Do visit a gynecologist to discuss the overall issues and to correct any pre-existing diseases. Seek regular prenatal care. Regular prenatal visits help your health care provider monitor your health and your baby's health. Mention any signs or symptoms that concern you. Talking to your health care provider is likely to put your mind at ease.

2. Get tested: 

Ask your doctor for five pregnancy scans such as Amniocentesis (test aims to detect risk of Down syndrome, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, Tay-Sachs, and similar diseases), Nuchal translucency screening, MaterniT-21 Plus test (it can detect Down syndrome and other chromosome abnormalities, including trisomy 18, 13, and sex chromosome abnormalities), and Chorionic Villi Sampling (used to detect birth defects, genetic diseases, and other problems during pregnancy) as well as a regular ultrasound study.

3. Change your lifestyle: 

Start to eat a healthy diet and gain weight wisely. But also remember to engage in regular physical activity to stay fit, healthy, active and energetic. And, most importantly, avoid intake of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs are off-limits during pregnancy.

4. Include healthy foods in your diet: 

Consume foods rich in vitamin A such as pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots. Also add vegetables and fruits as well as pulses, dals, nuts, cereals, and meat, if you eat can.
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