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Pre-Pregnancy Checklist

Ready to have a child? Here is a list of guidelines to help you to prepare your body and life when trying to conceive:

Nutrition:

Eat healthy making sure you eat a high fiber, low-fat diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables will help your body be at its best for the baby.

Exercise:

Exercise to maintain where you want your weight to be when you get pregnant, don’t do any strenuous exercising when trying to get pregnant .

Finances:

Make sure you have your finances together where you should start saving for when the baby comes; there might be unexpected costs at the hospital and make sure you have the right coverage of insurance for maternity care.

Genetic testing and family history:

If you are interested in learning more about family history of what you could possibly past down to your child, it might be good to get a genetic testing done so you are aware of what you need to do to prepare yourself for the baby.

Here is a suggested list to check off when trying to conceive to have the best chance of conception:

  • Have a check-up with your doctor and review current medications to make sure they are okay to take while trying to conceive
  • Have a full dental check-up as well; sometimes pregnancy can cause dental concerns
  • Stop smoking, especially over 35, it can be twice as hard to conceive if smoking; also it can put the baby at risk if still smoking during pregnancy
  • Cut out alcohol and caffeine in-take or limited when trying to conceive but during pregnancy, none at all.
  • Make sure contraceptives clear up to before you start trying then when you are ready to try and have a child, stop using the contraceptives.
  • Monitor when you start to ovulate and get to know your body, it will maximize your results when trying to conceive.
  • Take folic acid for 3 months before conceiving and ask a doctor how much dosage and to approve it.

We offer pregnancy counseling to help you get prepared for your child.

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