In most cases, it is impossible to prevent the conception of a child with a ventricular septal defect. However, it is important to do everything possible to ensure that the pregnancy is healthy. Here are the basics:
- Get prenatal care at an early stage, even before pregnancy. Before getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about your health and discuss any lifestyle changes that they may recommend for a healthy pregnancy. Also, don’t forget to talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking.
- Follow a balanced diet. Include vitamin supplements that contain folic acid. Also limit your caffeine intake.
- Exercise regularly. Together with your doctor, develop an exercise plan that is right for you.
- Avoid the use of harmful and prohibited substances and alcohol. These include harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs.
- Avoid infections. Before you get pregnant, make sure that you are up to date with all your vaccinations. Certain types of infections can be harmful to the developing fetus.
- Keep diabetes under control. If you have diabetes, consult your doctor to make sure it is well controlled before getting pregnant.
If you have a family history of heart disease or other genetic diseases, consider talking to a genetic counselor before getting pregnant.