You’ve probably been searching the net on how to get pregnant, and I bet you’ve found so many recommendations that you don’t know where to start. I bet you’ve read all sorts of suggestions, from common sense things like *stop taking birth control* to uncommon things like *take Robitussin*. Most people don’t ever tell you that, the first thing you should do is prepare your body: Pregnancy Preparation.
You want to produce the healthiest baby possible. To do that you need to turn your body into a healthy baby incubator. With this in mind, here are a few things you need to do to prepare yourself for pregnancy:
- Begin planning 1-3 months before you even start attempting to get pregnant. If you use birth control, stop. Start changing your habits now to bring yourself to the healthiest you possible.
- If you smoke, quit before you try getting pregnant! There are so many myths out there that supposedly doctors tell women who smoke who are pregnant to NOT quit because it will cause problems for the baby. False! Besides, if you know you want to get pregnant, quitting beforehand will give you baby a clean start… plus, it’s a good idea for your health as well
- Address any health issues you might have. If you’re over or under weight try to get into better shape. If you have other medical issues which you have to take medicine for, make sure it is not a medication that could be harmful during your pregnancy. If so, see what other options you have.
- Start taking a prenatal vitamin. This is another step on the road to getting the proper vitamins and minerals into your system you’ll need to start your pregnancy journey off on the right foot. Also, supplementing with folic acid before conception can reduce the risk of neural tube defects by as much as 70 percent. The U.S. Public Health Service currently recommends that all women of childbearing age that are attempting to get pregnant get 400 micro grams of folic acid per day because neural tube defects arise very early in pregnancy.
- Make sure you have healthy eating habits. If you are a junk food junkie, or tend to overdo it with processed or fried foods, change the way you eat. Watch your sugar and salt intake. Eat good fats like small amounts of avocado, olive oil and flax seed oil. Up the serving amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep fatty meat servings to one or two a week. Eat calcium rich foods.
- Exercise! Exercise definitely does a body good. It wakes up all of your muscles and puts you more into the frame of mind of having a healthy body to start your pregnancy off well.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol. A baby’s organs begin to form in the early weeks of pregnancy before you even know you are pregnant. Fetal exposure to drugs and alcohol can put your baby at risk for serious health problems, so stop using them before you get pregnant.
- Make sure your partner is on board! There is nothing more mentally stressful than being the only one in the relationship trying to get pregnant. Make sure it is a decision you both make and that you both think that it is a good time to get pregnant.
- Get your finances in order. There truly is no perfect time financially to have children. However, making sure your bills are paid and that you have a back up savings in case of job loss or an unexpected issue arises will help you be more stress free and less worried about having a baby.
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