So we're assuming that you already know what needs to happen in order to create a baby. But if you're in the early stages of planning for pregnancy, there's plenty that you can do to get your body into prime baby-making shape. The better prepared you are beforehand, the fewer changes you'll have to make to your routine once you're expecting. Scroll down . . . you just may learn something new!
- Schedule a Preconception Checkup With Your Doctor
Before you get down to the business of baby making, it's a good idea to schedule a basic checkup with your ob-gyn to make sure that there aren't any surprises going on with your body that you should be aware of. If you get pregnant before you have the chance to have one of these visits, don't panic, but if you have the time, it's a good idea to confirm that all of your systems are a "go!"
- Start Taking a Prenatal Vitamin
It's never a bad idea to amp up your vitamin intake, and adding a prenatal pill to your daily routine will only increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy from day one. Consult your doctor for a recommended brand or prescription, or pick up a bottle from your local pharmacy or drugstore.
- Bottoms Up!
Drinking enough water is essential to your systems functioning correctly at all times, but especially during pregnancy and prepregnancy. H20 provides cushioning and lubrication to the body's tissues and organs, and helps to distribute nutrients and hormones throughout the body. Stay hydrated, and stay healthy.
Keep reading to learn more ways to get your body into gear for pregnancy!
- Get Into a Regular Exercise Routine
If you've been lax about working out, now's a great time to commit to a regular fitness routine that you enjoy and works with your schedule. Exercise is also an important part of staying fit during pregnancy, so if you're just getting started, consider something that will work well when there's a baby on board. Yoga, jogging, swimming, and low-impact aerobics are all smart options.
- Get Your Weight in Check
Being either under- or overweight is a surefire way to cause added stress to your pending pregnancy. If you know you could stand to gain or lose a few pounds, work on that now — once there's a baby on the way, dieting isn't easy (or healthy).
- Wean Off Caffeine
If your current workday regime involves multiple trips back and forth to the coffeemaker, it's time to ease up on the caffeine. Many doctors OK the consumption of a cup or two of coffee a day during pregnancy, but more than that can be risky. You don't have to go cold turkey right away, but swapping some of that java and tea for water is a wise decision.
- Get a Family (Medical) History Lesson
You may think you know the whole story when it comes to your family's medical history, but unless you ask, you may be missing pieces of the puzzle. Having a firm understanding of any serious illnesses or conditions that exist within your (and your partner's) genetic makeup is important before you add another limb to the family tree.
- Make Sure That Your Relationship's in a Stable Place
Anyone who thinks that upping your party of two to a family of three will ease any tension or discord in their relationship has clearly never spent more than 48 hours with a newborn. While parenthood can strengthen and add exciting new dimensions to your marriage or partnership, it can also be a major strain. You'll have a lot less time to devote to one another and years of major decisions ahead of you. Make sure that your relationship is strong and solid before taking the baby plunge!