Thinking about starting a family?
By making meaningful changes in the 6 to 12 months before you conceive, you are creating the best possible environment for your bun in the oven.
You might be emotionally prepared to have a baby — but is your body ready?
Here are the 9 tips you can do to prepare your body for pregnancy:
1. Create a positive frame of mind:
Now that you’ve decided that you want to get pregnant, focus on optimizing your health. Take time to create a space for both mental and physical health in your busy schedule a nourishing lifestyle.
2. Focus on building your nutrient reserves:
Choose nutrient dense, organic foods. Try to eat 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day in a rainbow of colors. The deep, bold colors of fruits and vegetables are jam-packed with health-building antioxidants. Avoid sugar, packaged foods, or processed foods. Aim for a diet that consists largely of whole,plant-based foods. If you eat animal products, always choose organic, grass-fed/pasture raised meat and eggs
Stress has been linked to delayed or missed periods which might cause difficulty in tracking ovulation and getting pregnant. Limit your amount of stress as much as possible. Some relaxation techniques like yoga help moderate your stress level.
4. Take pre-natal vitamin :
This ensures that you are getting adequate vitamins,iron, folate, and all of the other basic nutrients you and your baby need during pregnancy.Do not forget to take the pregnancy superhero ‘Folic Acid(400 mcg)’.Most prenatal come with the folic acid combination.
5. Stop Drinking Alcohol, Smoking, and Using Street Drugs:
Smoking, drinking alcohol, and using street drugs can cause many problems during pregnancy for a woman and her baby, such as premature birth, birth defects, and infant death.
6.Watch out for the intake of Caffeine :
Some studies have shown a link between high levels of caffeine consumption and delayed conception. A few studies have shown that there may be an increase in miscarriages among women who consume more than 200 mg (one 12oz cup of coffee) a day versus those who do not consume any caffeine. But if you can avoid it,why not?
7.Track your menstrual and ovulation cycle:
This is a very important factor .Your doctor will ask you about your menstrual cycle, so you need to be prepared. Keeping track of your ovulation cycle is a vital one because conception during ovulation cycle increase your chance of pregnancy.
8. Learn Your Family History :
Collecting your family’s health history can be important for your child’s health. Sharing family history information with your doctor can be important because it helps your doctor to foresee the baby’s expected health issues and even doctor can refer you genetic counseling.
Other reasons people go for genetic counseling include having had several miscarriages, infant deaths, or trouble getting pregnant (infertility), or a genetic condition or birth defect that occurred during a previous pregnancy.
9. Have a Healthy Pregnancy!
That’s it! You are way to go.
Once you are pregnant, be sure to keep up all of your new healthy habits through out you pregnancy which will be a great environment for your baby.
Print and carry this handy Preconception checklist to keep track of your efforts:
- Consult your doctor several months before you want to conceive along with your partner. Doing so may help you prevent birth defects, pregnancy complications or prematurity, the March of Dimes reports.
- Tell your doctor about any medications,prescription or over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
- Begin taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid daily.
- Keep a track of your menstrual cycle. It may help you conceive sooner.It just plays the vital role in estimate your due date more accurately. Make sure your vaccinations, especially are up to date.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol (your partner should, too).
- Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages to just 24 ounces a day.
- Take care of any chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, under control.
- Both hyper- and hypothyroidism can be associated with pregnancy loss, so just check your thyroid level at regular intervals.
- If you have any over- or underweight concerns, you may not ovulate normally; Add lots of fruits and veggies in your diet and try for a healthier weight.