Planning to have a baby? Congratulations! While the path ahead will be memorable and challenging, it’s important that you don’t forget to take care of you and your baby’s health as well.
And to make a smooth pregnancy more likely, you should consider making changes even before you get pregnant. At least 6 months before, it is recommended that you try and evaluate what needs to be changed in order to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Yes, it takes some planning and preparation, but there’s no such thing as “too soon” when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Get started with these tips.
- Schedule a consultation with your doctor
One of the first things you should do is get professional advice, so make that call to your doctor and schedule an appointment.
This is very important, as this will determine your next steps of action, what you should prioritize, and what risks you should take into account. Basically, you want to make sure that you’re in good health, plus what you need to do in order to get to that peak condition.
During the consultation, you can report any conditions, illnesses, or unusual symptoms you may be experiencing. Your doctor will then help you determine whether this could affect your pregnancy or not.
For example, if you have diabetes, you would most likely be given a recommendation to keep your blood sugar levels under control before you try to conceive. This would be a level you have to maintain all throughout the pregnancy too.
This would also be a good time to examine your family and genetic history. If you want to be extra prepared, you can even make arrangements to get genetic testing. Your doctor can point you in the right direction if this is something you’re considering.
- Start taking vitamins
It actually takes time for your body to reach nutrient levels good enough for conception, so you should consider taking vitamins at least three months before.
Make sure to get in at least 400 micrograms of folic acid each day, which is found in most prenatal vitamins. This will help build a great foundation for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Because you would have the nutrients you need, the right prenatal vitamin would also support your energy production and mood. This way, your body will be as ready as it can be before, during, and after pregnancy.
Remember though that as with any vitamin or supplement, it’s best to consult with your doctor before you take it.
- Maintain healthy habits
It’s important to have and maintain healthy habits, but it’s especially more important when you’re trying to have a baby.
Not only will this ensure that you’ll have enough nutrients, this will also help prevent problems during birth like low birth weight.
Making sure to have a healthy, balanced diet plus a regular fitness regime is still the best recipe even before pregnancy (plus during and after, of course).
Aside from this, you should also try to cut back on caffeine (no more than 3 or 4 cups per day), stop smoking (not even e-cigarettes which still have nicotine), and get enough sleep.