Preparing for Pregnancy

    Preparing for Pregnancy: Your 3-Month Plan

    Got baby fever? Well, we’ve got good news for you. Our 3-month plan has tips, tricks and some important prenatal advice to help get your body baby ready. Print it out. Put it up on the fridge. And start preparing for pregnancy today!

    How to Prepare for Pregnancy Three Months Before

    See Your Doc

    Scheduling a preconception check-up for you and your partner is the very first step you should take when you’re preparing for pregnancy. Your doctor will discuss your health history, medications you are currently taking, vaccinations you may need, along with steps that you can take to prevent certain birth defects. If your doctor misses any of these talking points, speak up! They’re there to help put you on the fast track to a healthy pregnancy.

    Consider Stopping Birth Control

    If you’re taking an oral contraceptive, you may want to consider stopping now. Most women start their periods again a few weeks after they stop using the pill, however, others find it can take a couple of months before they return to their regular ovulation cycles. Just remember that if you’ve stopped taking the pill and are not yet ready to conceive, using a backup form of barrier birth control, like condoms, is the way to go.

    Start Taking a Prenatal Vitamin

    Taking a daily prenatal multivitamin three months ahead of conception is a good rule of thumb. This way you can ensure that your body has the essential nutrients that both you and your baby need from the very start. For example, if you have 400mg of folic acid (found in most leading prenatal vitamins) in your body at least 1 month before and during pregnancy, it can help reduce the risk of major birth defects to your baby’s brain and spine.

    How to Prepare for Pregnancy Two Months Before

    Up Your Veggie Game

    It’s no surprise that eating healthy helps with getting pregnant. But here’s why – a well-balanced diet is important to supply the nutrients necessary for your body to grow, replace worn-out tissue and provide energy. All key factors in making a baby. So, load up on organic fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean proteins. And do your best in limiting foods that are high in sugar and fat. Try not to overdo a good thing and stress yourself out. Moderation is everything when you’re preparing for pregnancy.

    Look at Your Weight

    Carrying excess weight in pregnancy can put you at risk for childbirth complications including blood pressure problems, preterm birth and gestational diabetes. A regular exercise routine can help. If you’ve been nixing cardio for the couch lately, this is the time to start. Walking, swimming and bicycling are all great options—and they don’t require a fancy gym membership. Remember, every step counts.

    Check-In with Yourself

    We all feel worried, anxious, sad or stressed every now and then—it’s part of being human. But if these feelings are interfering with your daily life, don’t hesitate to find the support you need. Talk with your doctor or a health professional about treatment options. Even if your mental health is in check, practicing meditation can be an incredibly proactive tool when you’re preparing for pregnancy—from lowering stress to sleeping better, it’s a mindfulness technique that you can tap into even from an app.

    How to Prepare for Pregnancy One Month Before

    Say Goodbye to Bad Habits

    We all know that smoking, drinking and using certain drugs is a huge no-no during pregnancy and can cause detrimental problems to mom and baby. But here’s a short list of reasons to remind you why: premature birth, birth defects and infant death. If you think you cannot stop smoking, drinking or using drugs before you become pregnant, now is the time to get help from a health care provider.

    Avoid Toxins

    Synthetic chemicals, metals, fertilizer, bug spray and even cat feces found around the home and/or at work can harm your reproductive system, making it more difficult to get pregnant. These toxins can also affect your partner, too. Check in with your work provider about conditions and ask your doctor about what you can do to protect yourself.

    Curb the Caffeine

    If you can’t function in the morning without a skinny vanilla latte, now is the perfect time to start curbing the caffeine. It’s recommended that pregnant women limit their caffeine intake to less than 200mg a day—about 1 regular cup of coffee. If you currently drink more than that, cutting down now will make for an easier transition. It’s also a good time to get acquainted with your new friend, decaf.

     

    Congratulations! You’ve put in the prep and your body is ready for baby. When that special moment happens and you become pregnant, make sure to keep up all the great work and learn more about this amazing journey week-by-week.