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Published on January 19, 2015

Preparing for pregnancy

Six Important Ways to Prepare Your Body Before Pregnancy

preparing for pregnancyMost people don’t think much about preconception healthcare, but there are benefits to planning ahead.  Preparation before you conceive will improve your fertility, decrease the chance of complications during pregnancy and prepare you psychologically for the life changes that result from having a child.  According to Ingrid Hernandez MD, PIH Health Obstetrics/Gynecology, there are six things you can do to prepare your body for pregnancy.

  1. Assess your health:  Both partners should schedule exams with their primary care physician to discuss any preexisting health issues. Make sure that your immunizations are up to date and that your medications are safe to take during pregnancy.  You may also want to test for Hepatitis B and C as well as HIV.
  1. Take better care of yourself:  During this preparation time, it is important to get to a healthy weight and exercise at least 30 minutes a day. You should also stop smoking, and limit your caffeine and alcohol consumption.
  1. Improve your nutrition: Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  1. Take supplements:  Begin taking prenatal vitamins that include folic acid at least one month before conception.
  1. Consider genetic counseling:  Evaluate your family history before you become pregnant and address any issues with your doctor.
  1. Stop taking birth control: Your body may need time to adjust back to its monthly cycle once you’ve stopped taking birth control. Once you are back to a normal cycle, you will be able to learn when ovulation is occurring. It is important to remember that you may become pregnant immediately after stopping some forms of birth control.

By preparing your body for pregnancy before conception, you will improve your physical health and increase your chances of having a healthier pregnancy.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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