10 Tips to Prepare for Pregnancy

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If you are reading this article, then likely you are in the very early stages of planning for a pregnancy. Many women don’t get (or take) the opportunity to research what is needed for a happy and healthy pregnancy until after they get pregnant, at which time several precious weeks have been lost.

One thing many people overlook when they decide to get pregnant is the emotional factor.

 By planning ahead, you can ensure that you and your body are completely ready for a pregnancy, and that it is as successful as possible.

That being said, don’t feel bad if you are not able to complete all these tips, as your body is an amazing machine and can adapt to all types of situations. Just do the best you can and relax!

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Tip #1: Start Early

About one to three months before you plan to get pregnant is a good time to begin preparations. Make an appointment with your doctor for a routine physical and PAP test so they can ensure that everything is ship-shape. Also, talk about going off birth control, as well as any family medical history that you may be concerned about.

Tip #2: Check your Medication

Many medications are safe for developing babies, but some are not. If you are taking any medication at all, you need to clear it with your doctor before you try to get pregnant. By doing this early, you can give your body time to adjust to a change in medication or time to wean off of a medication that may not be suitable for a pregnant mother.

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Tip #3: Go to the Dentist

What? That’s right; a trip to your dentist is important before you get pregnant. It may sound funny, but bacteria in your mouth can lead to gingivitis or other issues, which in turn has been shown to result in preterm babies and low birth weights. Plus, if any major work needs to be done, you can get it taken care of before you are pregnant, which will preclude the use of painkillers and anesthetics.

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Tip #4: Get Rid of Stress

High stress levels are not your friend when it comes to getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy. Now is the time to de-stress and enter a calm and cool state of mind. Figure out what is causing stress in your life and do your best to change it. Yoga, meditation, writing, and exercise all help with lowering stress levels.

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116 comments

  1. Profile photo of meagan meagan says:

    this is very helpful information!!!

  2. Profile photo of lisa_iowa lisa_iowa says:

    This is good info. And a list of good things for us moms to remember after we’ve had our little ones, too! It is just as important to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves while we take care of our babies.

  3. Profile photo of Frederick Frederick says:

    thank you for that much needed info

  4. Profile photo of MLS MLS says:

    Great info n nice to know the things i have learned

  5. Profile photo of Maggie Maggie says:

    Great information!!! You learn something new everyday. Thanks

  6. Awesome info especially helpful for me being a first time mommy

  7. Profile photo of baby_love baby_love says:

    great info and things i never took into consideration

  8. Profile photo of Corley Corley says:

    love this info

  9. Profile photo of Schpanks Schpanks says:

    I wish I’d have found this sooner

  10. Profile photo of Chelsea Chelsea says:

    This was very informative.

  11. Profile photo of victoria victoria says:

    cool informative article

  12. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    what can you do to address your partner when all he thinks about when you first tell him of the pregnancy is the finances…. It wasn’t until I was 4 months that my husband this time around (3rd child) actually addressed the baby…

  13. Profile photo of adriana adriana says:

    Its so hard to excercise when pregnant!

  14. Profile photo of shamika shamika says:

    weight gain was emotional for me

  15. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    pregnant with my second child i also have a soon to be 2 year old son

  16. Profile photo of tista tista says:

    i am quickly grown out of everything n im not even in my 2nd trimester!

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