Before You Conceive
Some women get pregnant without even trying, while others struggle to conceive.
Then there are women like my friend Wende, who planned her pregnancies and deliveries, starting even before conception.
As soon as she decided the time was right, she scheduled an appointment with her gynecologist and started getting ready. Who even knew there were things that you’re supposed to do before you get pregnant?
What to consider
Women who are considering having a baby should see their gynecologist make sure they have no underlying health or genetic issues. They should discuss all their medications with their doctor to make sure that none will conflict with getting pregnant or damage a developing baby.
Ask your gynecologist to prescribe prenatal vitamins that you can start taking even before you conceive. And limit your intake of Vitamin A, since too much can cause birth defects.
Stop smoking, doing drugs, and binge drinking. Get help if you need it.
Eat healthy so your body will be ready to carry a baby.
Taper off or limit caffeine consumption to one cup of coffee a day.
Weighing too much or too little can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant or to carry a baby to term. Make sure that you are at a healthy weight for your height.
Exercise is good for your health and baby too!
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, walking or biking, and some weight training. Yoga is good, too, to keep you flexible.
Go to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning before you get pregnant. Get any needed work done before you conceive.
Limit exposure to chemicals, radiation, cleaning products, or other environmental issues. If your job requires you to be around pesticides, chemicals, or radiation, talk to your doctor to see if there is a way to limit your contact.
Figure out when you are most fertile by tracking your periods. Women ovulate 12 to 14 days before their period starts and are most fertile during ovulation.
By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers
Photo by Melanie Brown on Unsplash
Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas
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