11 Things To Do When Planning Your Pregnancy
Though there is not much to know and the answers are pretty clear.
Yet it is important to keep a check list of dos and don’ts when you are planning on having a child.
- Toss your birth control – Naturally, if you are on contraceptive pills you need to stop them immediately. For women who have been on the pill, need to be patient and not fret if they take time to conceive. It takes as long as 6 months to a year for your body to get back to normal and be ready for conception.
- Decide Wisely – Before you toss the pill away, think and think hard. Are you ready to get pregnant? Becoming a parent is a life changing decision and you need to be more than 100% sure about it.
- Visit your Gynaecologist – A lot of women tend to neglect this visit thinking that once they get pregnant they would visit the doctor. However, a pre conception visit is important to understand yours as well as your family history.
- Daily Dose Of Vitamins – Taking a folic acid supplement is crucial. You should be taking 400 mcg of folic acid a day for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester.
- Give Up the Vices – Smoking and Drinking are a complete No No when you are planning your pregnancy. These are harmful and actually delay or deter your chances of conceiving.
- Say No To Caffeine – Nothing has been proven as to how much coffee is good or bad while trying to conceive.
- Go On The Scale – If you can stand to shed a few pounds, now is the time to go for it. Not only can trimming 10 to 15 pounds from your frame make it easier for over weight women to get pregnant, but it will help you have a healthier pregnancy and delivery with fewer risks and complications
- Stock your fridge with healthy foods – It is time to eat healthy. Get in to the habit of eating the right kind of food stuff from now, it would be easier to follow it later when you conceive and post-delivery as well.
- Create and follow an exercise program – A routine is a must and once your baby comes it will be very hard to start one as you would get busy 24/7. Plan your day and take out at least 1 hour of time which will be dedicated to your fitness. Follow this even once your baby is with you. Take help if need be, you deserve it.
- Watch Movies – Yes, go for it. Watch as many movies of your choice as you can. Your world and routine is going to change drastically and it could be a while before you watch a flick in peace.
- Snap Away – Take as many pictures as possible of yourself and your loved ones. Try and capture your month by month pregnancy and add little notes about the changes that you experienced. Serves as a great memory to reminisce later on.
So you’re thinking about trying to get pregnant? Congrats! Here’s what to do now to get healthy, have fun, and feel prepared to start trying to conceive.
Share your experiences when you were trying to conceive. How was it like?