The prostate is a gland. It helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. The prostate surrounds the tube that carries urine away from the bladder and out of the body. A young man’s prostate is about the size of a walnut. It slowly grows larger with age. If it gets too large, it can cause problems. This is very common after age 50. The older men get, the more likely they are to have prostate trouble.
Some common problems are
- Prostatitis – an infection, usually caused by bacteria
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH – an enlarged prostate, which may cause dribbling after urination or a need to go often, especially at night
- Prostate cancer – a common cancer that responds best to treatment when detected early
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care is the professional care you recieve while you are pregnant. Ensuring to take care of yourself and your infant by:
- Getting early prenatal care. Make call your doctor to schedule a visit, early.
- Getting regular checkups. Your doctor will schedule you for many checkups during your pregnancy.
- Ensure to take the doctor’s advise seriously
Why do I need prenatal care?
Prenatal care is needed to help you and your infant well. Infants of mothers who do not receive prenatal care are more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do receive prenatal care.
Some doctors can detect health issues early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.
I’m thinking about getting pregnant. How can I take care of myself?
You should start taking care of yourself before you start trying to get pregnant. This is called preconception health. It means knowing how health conditions and risk factors could affect you or your unborn baby if you become pregnant. For example, some foods, habits, and medicines can harm your baby — even before he or she is conceived. Some health problems also can affect pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor before pregnancy to learn what you can do to prepare your body. Women should prepare for pregnancy before becoming sexually active. Ideally, women should give themselves at least 3 months to prepare before getting pregnant.
The five most important things you can do before becoming pregnant are:
- Take 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid every day for at least 3 months before getting pregnant to lower your risk of some birth defects of the brain and spine. Taking a vitamin with folic acid is the best and easiest way to be sure you’re getting enough.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
- If you have a medical condition, be sure it is under let your doctor know. Ensure your vaccinations are current.
- Discuss to your doctor regarding any over-the-counter and prescription medicines you maybe using.
- Avoid contact with toxic substances or materials at work and at home that could be harmful. Stay away from chemicals and cat or rodent feces.