Some of us are procrastinators, while others are almost the extreme opposite. That’s a good thing when it comes to having a baby! Planning for pregnancy before conception has multiple benefits for you, your baby, and your growing family. Let’s look at where you should begin.
See Women’s Care
It is important to let your OBGYN know you are planning to get pregnant. When you call, let them know you want a preconception appointment. This appointment will consist of a discussion of your medical conditions, and those in your family, that could affect your pregnancy.
In addition, be prepared to discuss the following:
- Your current medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, including any supplements you take
- Being up to date on vaccinations
- Beginning to take folic acid starting now – 400 micrograms a day
- Your emotional and mental health
- Any negative lifestyle and common behaviors
Get In Shape
In fact, attempt to get into the best shape possible since a healthy body helps to improve your chances of conception.
Thirty minutes a day of moderate exercise that gets your heart going is best. As an added plus, it will help you maintain or lose some pounds, so you gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy.
Consider Your Lifestyle
That includes what you drink and how much. Caffeine drinks consumed in excess increase the risk of miscarriage. Keep your coffee in the morning to 2 small cups or one 12 oz cup.
You already know drinking alcohol is non-negotiable during pregnancy. Stopping now is a good idea, because you won’t know if you are pregnant the next time you go to a happy hour after work.
Smoking interferes with getting pregnant, so there is another lifestyle change to make asap.
Of course, illicit drugs of any kind are also non-negotiables.
Get A Dental Check Up
There is a link between periodontal disease and premature labor. Get your pearly whites cleaned and have any work you have been putting off completed before becoming pregnant.
Revisit Your Finances
Maybe it’s been a while since you looked at your savings, your income, and how you will budget having a baby added to the mix. Don’t panic; just update your plan and how much you will squirrel away for everything you will need to have a baby in your life.
Keep Life In Perspective
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep stress under control as best you can. Getting enough sleep can help reduce stress. Do what relaxes you: bubble baths, yoga, music, massage. All these positive activities will aid in conception.
Instead of being shocked when you find out you are pregnant, these will be happy words because you have been planning for pregnancy before conception.