Before even trying to get pregnant, it is important for you to stay healthy and prepare for that baby! It will be easier to keep a healthy lifestyle if you start a routine. Here are some tips on how to start, stay healthy and prepare for your pregnancy.
- Start a prenatal vitamin. Prenatals are healthy all around. I still take them and my son is one. They will help with not only gorgeous skin and hair but also to increase your folic acid which is important in the beginning of a pregnancy.
- See your Doctor. Have a physical done to make sure you are healthy.
- Exercise! Starting now will help you stay in shape during pregnancy, can lower your risk of miscarriage, and has been proven to help reduce labor complications and length.
- Eat a new vegetable you haven't tried.
- Stop smoking. There are many programs to help you.
- Ask your partner to join you on your new healthy habit changes.
- Track your cycles. Learning what you can about your cycles will help determine when you ovulate and when you conceived. These make for more accurate due dates.
- Avoid chemicals that could possibly harm your baby. You can find these at work, in your home, and just about anywhere, be environmentally sensitive.
- See your dentist before you get pregnant and brush your teeth daily. I know so many moms who have dental issues during and after pregnancy so make sure you keep up with the daily routine!
- Tell any medical professional that you may be pregnant if you are trying to get pregnant. This can prevent exposure to harmful tests and chemicals if you are pregnant and don't know it yet. Examples: Dental xrays, medical procedures, etc.
- Stop changing the cat litter!
- Act pregnant. This includes not drinking alcohol, even while trying to conceive. There is no known safe level during pregnancy and alcohol can cause birth defects.
- Nap when you can!
- Drink 6-8 ounces of water a day to keep hydrated.
- Join prenatal yoga.
- If you are decorating your house or a nursery remember to avoid fumes often associated with paint and wall paper. Perhaps have friends do the heavy work while you help make snacks for them. Keep the windows open!
- Baby sit a friend's baby and learn a bit about caring for a newborn.
- Take a breastfeeding class to help prepare you for the realities of breastfeeding.
Hope these are a help!