How Fit Are You For Pregnancy?

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This question goes to all women out there looking to get pregnant. As a woman, have you ever been told you were too weak or not strong enough to bear the stresses of life, especially when it had to do with pregnancy? You know nowadays, a lot of modern women already know the number of children they would like to have, a maximum of 2-4 I guess. Some don’t even want to have any and most of those that do usually have one complication or the other. These complications may include miscarriages, pregnancy induced hypertension, gestational diabetes etc. As we reflect on the above, let’s take a trip down memory lane to the women from the 60’s downwards, you find out that this category of women which constitutes most of our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers were extremely fertile bearing up to 10 children and above; in fact in some cultures a cow is usually killed for such women. These women carried these pregnancies without complications and some didn’t have to go to the hospital for delivery. But it’s almost like a death sentence if one decides to do that now. Why do you think that is?
Here is a theory; women in the 60’s downwards were more fit than modern women.
In the past, these women went to farms, fetched water, did chores and whole lot of other activities that improved their fitness levels; in addition to these they also ate healthy balanced foods. Unfortunately, with the westernization that has taken place in the past 50years, there have been a lot of changes. We modern women have found out that we could have housemaids and nannies; that we don’t need to farm or cook in order to eat. Apart from that there have also been changes in the kinds of food we eat, most of which are very unhealthy; as a result our fitness levels are not as they should. Although we now have other avenues for keeping fit but how many people make use of them?
Before one makes a journey, one surely prepares for it. Well pregnancy is a stressful journey; it’s a joyful stress on the human body; as a result one has to be ready before embarking on it. That’s why it has to be planned, getting ready involves keeping fit and eating healthy. Every woman within the reproductive age is therefore encouraged to make this a lifestyle instead of just a fad. Preparing one’s body for such a journey reduces the risks of complications associated with pregnancy.
So how fit are you for pregnancy?

About The Author

Chinazo Iloeje is a Medical Doctor at Garnetcare Medical Center, Abuja. She hopes that through her writing, new health discoveries and other important health information would be made known to all Africans.

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