So, you’ve made the decision to have a baby and now the hard work starts. You need to make sure that you take care of yourself and your body to ensure that your unborn baby will have the perfect environment to grow within. It can be a scary time for any new pregnant woman but thankfully, we are here to guide you through. Here are the top ten tips for preconception.
chat with your doctor
1. Have a chat with your doctor. He or she can send you for fertility tests if deemed necessary to ensure that you are in tip top condition to make a baby, and they can also point you in the right direction for all the advise you will ever need on how to get pregnant, as well as what to do when you are expecting. A preconception checkup is always a good idea – you may have underlying problems that need to be sorted before you can start to try for a family.
ranges of prenatal vitamins
2.Checkout the ranges of prenatal vitamins that are on the market and make sure you do your research. You are going to want to look at folic acid which is important for pre-pregnancy as well as when you are going through your pregnancy.
3. How much do your weigh? An overweight pregnancy is going to be a difficult pregnancy and although you don’t really want to do anything too dramatic right now, it might be a good time to look at incorporating a bit of light exercise into your life. Even something as simple as walking more often can make the world of difference and let’s face it; we all want to do what is best for our children, right?
time for a diet
4.It’s time for a diet change-around. This means that you are going to want to research the right foods for pre and post-pregnancy, and then clear as many of the bad foods as you can from your home. Stock up on the good stuff and you are more likely to eat it. It’s sensible – if you have chocolate to hand, you are going to eat chocolate. If you have healthy fruits to hand, you are going to eat them.
5. Make sure that you get enough sleep. This can have more of a negative effect than you first may have thought and if you are struggling to conceive, it might be worth looking at how many hours of sleep you are getting each week. Try to go for the recommended eight hours of sleep per night, or as close to it as you can, and you will feel and be much healthier for it.
6. Quit smoking. This doesn’t even need to be discussed. It is bad and will negatively affect you and your baby. Stop smoking!
don’t take drugs
7. Definitely don’t take drugs.
Check out where you work
8. Check out where you work – are you going to be able to work throughout your pregnancy. Obviously if you work in an office where you can sit down all day and work at your own pace, you are probably going to be able to work until fairly later on. However, if you work on a building site, you are probably going to have to reevaluate your options.
keep stress to an absolute minimum
9. keep stress to an absolute minimumMake sure that you keep stress to an absolute minimum. Raising your blood pressure and affecting your sleep levels as well as your happiness levels in the brain is not going to do you any good. How are you going to cope with a stressful situation, such as pregnancy, when you are already struggling?
absolutely as healthy
10. Finally, make sure that you are absolutely as healthy as you can be. Have some common sense – sort out your diet, cut down on booze, quit smoking, make sure that you are in a good position, physically, to have a baby and then take it from there. All you can do is prepare yourself and for the most part, your health is everything!