10 Tips to Prepare for Pregnancy

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Tip #5: Exercise!

As mentioned above, exercise is great for getting rid of stress, but it has many other benefits too. For one, it will make you healthier, and a healthy body is more receptive to becoming pregnant. It can give you more energy and a better night’s sleep, which you will definitely need in the months to come.

 Find a pregnancy or pre-conception group so you have some people to share the trials and tribulations of your time with.

 Start the habit now, and you will have more success with continuing through your pregnancy and beyond.

Tip #6: Cut out the Bad Stuff

You probably know what needs to go: drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Your body needs to be a shrine of health prior to becoming an incubator for your new baby. By starting early, you can ease off your chosen substance or get help if you need it. Remember that all of these substances are extremely harmful to a developing fetus, particularly in the first weeks of development.

Tip #7: Good Food = Good for Baby

Now is not the time to start having cravings for cheeseburgers and ice cream; instead you should focus on preparing your body for a healthy pregnancy. One thing you absolutely need is folic acid, which can be found as part of a prenatal multivitamin. Also, if you have low iron levels, you may want to start with an iron supplement, which will help give you more energy throughout your pregnancy. At home, focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium, and water. There are tons of resources out there to help you have a nutritionally balanced pregnancy, so make use of them!

Tip #8: Weigh your Weight

Being overweight or underweight prior to trying to conceive can have a significant impact on how quickly you become pregnant, as well as how healthy your pregnancy will be. Since you’ve already learned that exercise and good nutrition are good for you and your baby during pregnancy, hopefully you can become inspired to reach a healthier weight before trying to get pregnant. If you need help, ask your doctor to refer you to a good dietician.

Tip #9: Talk to your Partner

One thing many people overlook when they decide to get pregnant is the emotional factor. No matter how successful your conception and pregnancy are, it will always cause some strain on your relationship. Now is the time to talk it out – so sit down and have a serious discussion with your partner about both of your hopes and expectations for conception, pregnancy, and child raising. Make sure that you have a “what if” plan for contingencies, so neither person ends up shouldering all the responsibility. By doing this you will hopefully remove stress down the road and be much happier!

Tip #10: Do Something You’ve Always Wanted to Do

Having children means putting some things on hold for a few years, sometimes forever. If there is one thing out there that you always wanted to do, but having a child may mean putting it off indefinitely, then do it! Go hang-gliding, learn how to scuba dive, or just take a last-minute flight to a sandy beach. Now is the time to spoil yourself, so you don’t go into your pregnancy with regrets.

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One final thought, do you have a support group? Throughout your conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond you will need someone, or a few people, to lean on other than your partner. Find a pregnancy or pre-conception group so you have some people to share the trials and tribulations of your time with. You’ll likely end up with a few new good friends and, hopefully, a few babies for your child to play with later on. Best of luck!

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  1. Profile photo of Marley Marley says:

    also i was one of those people that believed once you were pregnant you couldn’t lift any weights! haha. this time around i know i can stay in my fitness routine!

  2. Profile photo of Marley Marley says:

    i never knew pregnancy could affect your teeth and gums until i was pregnant with my first. man were my gums really sore!

  3. Profile photo of christina christina says:

    This is really good advice for people who are deciding on having kids. Its true to do the things you want before having child. I don’t regret not getting to do everything I wanted before having my first son.

  4. Profile photo of Moyo Moyo says:

    I wish I got to read this before my pregnancy, but it will sure work for my next one. Thanks.

  5. Profile photo of tamie tamie says:

    it very important to share everything with your partner when decideing to get preg because men have there own set of fears that they don’t so easily share

  6. Profile photo of tamie tamie says:

    the info on taken care of your teeth while preg is very important because being preg takes a lot out of a womens teeth

  7. Profile photo of teresa teresa says:

    lots of good information

  8. Profile photo of Christina Christina says:

    ok im understanding now how all this may work going for my fourth child

  9. Profile photo of Natasha Natasha says:

    So glad I found this site just in time! I am starting to feel so much more prepared!!!

  10. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Gotcha! Thanks for these handful tips!

  11. Profile photo of TaKeisha TaKeisha says:

    Very good information. I will be using this!!!

  12. Profile photo of Cassie Cassie says:

    This was filled with great information for expecting mother while i was pregnant I had alot of stress and had to find new ways to get rid of it

  13. Profile photo of Charavon Charavon says:

    lots of good information

  14. Profile photo of angelica angelica says:

    all the info here is so very helpful….

  15. Profile photo of JC JC says:

    Good information!! …sandy beach in the dead of winter not do practical.

  16. Profile photo of gfeld gfeld says:

    Taking course to help someone who needs this advice. So far so good. Thanks!

  17. Profile photo of Leslie Leslie says:

    I did almost all of that. I just got down with therapy and got pregnant. Surprise my man.

  18. Profile photo of Leeara Leeara says:

    I think I’ve gained more weight than I was supposed to. But I have been trying to take my vitamins everyday it’s hard to really keep up with

  19. theres alot of info i didn’t know about

  20. Great info for my next pregnancy!

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