After dreaming about it, planning for it, and deciding on a time frame, you are finally going to begin a family. There is one more goal that is essential. Getting your body ready for pregnancy should be at the top of your list. As soon as you make the decision to conceive, start focusing on how to be as healthy as possible before the first OB appointment.
Start By Eating Healthy
Everything you put into your body affects the health of your growing baby. If you are someone who loves fast food and doesn’t really watch what you eat, this might be difficult for you at first. Concentrate on your little one and focus on their nutrition. This should begin as soon as you decide to conceive. If you need to make changes, start then.
Some tips for more healthy eating include the following:
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies. Have a variety but stick to what you like.
- Carbs are OK in moderation like whole grains, whole wheat bread, brown rice, and barley.
- Cut down on or eliminate processed foods and sweets.
- Lean proteins from meat and fish are good for you and baby.
- Get adequate fiber every day.
Start taking a prenatal vitamin like 400 micrograms of folic acid every day starting about one month before you expect to be pregnant. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to remain hydrated.
Get Enough Rest
You should attempt to sleep 7 to 8 hours each night before getting pregnant. It will reduce stress. Make your bedroom “sleep ready” with no devices or other distractions.
Choose Moderate Exercise Now And Throughout Pregnancy
Biking, walking, swimming, and yoga are perfect before conception and through the months of pregnancy. It will keep you strong and increase your energy.
Face Up To Drugs And Smoking
If this has been part of your life, give it up if you expect to give birth to a healthy baby. Drinking alcohol, using illicit drugs, and smoking are all harmful during pregnancy.
Smoking is dangerous for your growing baby by introducing harmful chemicals. It can delay getting pregnant, affect birth weight, increases your risk of miscarriage, and it contributes to sudden infant death syndrome. Ask South Shore Women’s Health for assistance if this is especially difficult for you.
Stop drinking as soon as you know you are pregnant to eliminate the chance of a stillborn pregnancy, low birth rate, or fetal alcohol syndrome causing developmental delays. It’s a good idea to stop earlier.
Illegal drugs are dangerous for you, and of course, your baby.
Come Prepared To Your First OB Appointment
Keep a list of current medications, provide your medical history, talk about challenges like smoking or drinking, and share anything else pertinent to your upcoming pregnancy.