Pre-pregnancy checklist: Last minute TTC dos and don'ts for moms-to-be
Dr. Allison Rosen, MD writes:
When you are trying to conceive, it can be difficult to remember that there are a number of things that you should do to get your body ready to carry a baby. Not only is getting your body ready the best way to ensure a healthy pregnancy, it is the best possible way to ensure a healthy baby. Receive 20 Free Pregnancy Tests
After all, once your baby is born, you’ll be busier than ever keeping up with your new little one! When you are ready to start trying to conceive, use the following as your pre-pregnancy checklist:
TTC Checklist #1: Schedule a check-up with your doctor - Many women forget this simple step when they are busy trying to conceive, but your doctor may be able to give you ideas about conditions which may affect your ability to become pregnant. He or she can also give you advice about whether medications you are taking could harm your baby’s health or make becoming pregnant more difficult.
TTC Checklist #2: Check your weight - Being under or overweight can make it more difficult to become pregnant, and part of your pre-pregnancy checklist should also involve being as healthy as possible to make carrying a child easier on your body. While being a few pounds over or under weight isn’t a big deal, now is the time to make sure that your BMI is within an acceptable range to make pregnancy a little easier.
TTC Checklist #3: Start taking vitamins - The earlier you begin taking a multi-vitamin that contains folic acid, the less likely your baby is to suffer from neural tube defects. As soon as you begin trying to conceive, invest in a bottle of pre-natal vitamins- this simple step can make conception easier as well as serving as an insurance policy for your baby to be.
TTC Checklist #4: Lower your stress level - It may seem like an odd addition to a pre-pregnancy checklist, but getting your stress level under control is one of the best ways to make trying to conceive both more fun and more successful. Stress is known to make conception more difficult, and stress is one of the leading factors in de-regulating your menstrual cycle.
TTC Checklist #5: Stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking, and drink more water - While you don’t necessarily have to abstain completely while trying to conceive, you should severely limit your alcohol intake. Not only is drinking large amounts of alcohol potentially dangerous for your baby, it can reduce your ability to conceive. If you haven’t already quit, you must give up smoking now, before trying to conceive. Another part of your pre-pregnancy checklist should be increasing your water intake. Staying well hydrated will help you get pregnant as well as making you feel healthier.
TTC Checklist #6: Start saving a little each month - Having a baby can include all sorts of unexpected expenses, and one item on the pre-pregnancy checklist that many couples forget is the need to have a little money saved to cover unexpected costs. You don’t have to save several years salary, but it can be a very smart idea to have at least enough to cover three months of expenses in case you have to go on bed rest, or to cover extra time away from work after the birth of your baby. And remember, if you don’t have to use it, you’ll have a head start on baby’s college fund!
Trying to conceive is an exciting, fun time for a couple, and you should enjoy building your relationship as you try to get pregnant. Making a pre-pregnancy checklist can help you feel more prepared for the day when you finally see that positive pregnancy test, and can help you have a healthier, happier pregnancy.
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