The selection of your physician or other healthcare provider will be one of your first important decisions in planning for a baby. Choose a doctor with whom you are comfortable, whose outlook and treatment of pregnancy is closely aligned with your own beliefs. Referrals from family, friends and other trusted sources are good places to start.
Come to your first visit prepared with questions. You should also be ready to answer questions from your doctor, so you will need to have a good grasp of your own health history.
We suggest you discuss the following topics:
- Menstrual cycle timing and regularity
- Past or current illness that might affect your ability to conceive
- Sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), etc.
- Past miscarriages, prior pregnancies or birth defects
- Your medical history and your partner's as well
- Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and vitamins (especially folic acid)
- Exercise and eating habits
Now is the time to get started on a high-quality prenatal vitamin.
Seek out and carefully follow your doctor's advice.
Go over your immune status to childhood diseases such as mumps, measles, rubella, etc. with your doctor.
Experts recommend that you stop using the birth control pill at least 3 to 4 months before becoming pregnant. Think about using this time to discuss contraception alternatives.
Embracing a healthy lifestyle is one of the fundamental ways to truly take charge of your pre-pregnancy planning process.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Follow a well-balanced diet containing food from all of the major food groups.DO
Begin taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin containing folic acid and iron and continue throughout your entire pregnancy to ensure that you get the added nutrition necessary for mother and baby. This will help reduce your risk of nutrient deficiency.DON’T
Diet, either to gain or lose weight, because this may affect your reproductive cycle.
Key Nutrients During Pregnancy
Begin taking these nutrients now before you conceive:
Pregnancy is a marathon. Adopting a regular exercise routine now will help you develop the strength and endurance needed down the road. You'll thank yourself later. Regular exercise will help you:
- Carry the extra weight easier during pregnancy
- Feel less tired and fatigued
- Sleep well
- Reduce muscle and joint pain
- Improve your mental well-being
- Improve posture
- Prevent unnecessary weight gain
- Ease the physical stress of delivery
- Get back in shape faster after the baby is born
Cut It Out
Use this time as motivation to eliminate unhealthy habits from your lifestyle such as alcohol consumption, smoking, and any illegal drugs. Also, if necessary, why not begin weaning yourself from caffeine because once you become pregnant, your doctor may ask you to eliminate it altogether.
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