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Pregnancy is a large milestone in a woman’s life. It can be exciting,
frightening, and amazing all at once. It’s important to make sure
you’re prepared for the journey of pregnancy. We’ve provided
some tips to help make your pregnancy experience the best it can be below!
#1. Visit the doctor for a preconception checkup.
Making an appointment with your OB/GYN before you get pregnant is a good
idea. Your OB/GYN will be able to assess your health and determine if
your body is fit for pregnancy. They'll test you for infections that
could be harmful to your potential baby. Your OB/GYN will also inform
you what to expect and how to mentally prepare for the pregnancy process.
#2. Find the right prenatal vitamin for you.
Prenatal vitamins aren’t just for when you’re pregnant, they're
also beneficial before pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins, preferably ones with
600 mcg of Folic acid, boost fertility and lower the risk of birth defects
of your future child. We recommend taking your prenatal vitamin before
#3. Get your body to a healthy weight.
Being either overweight or underweight can make a difference in your pregnancy.
Obesity can affect your fertility and put you at risk for gestational
diabetes. If you are overweight, don’t use a crazy crash diet to
lose weight. We recommend eating healthy foods and exercising regularly
as a way to lose weight. Being underweight makes you 72% more likely to
miscarry during your pregnancy and puts you at risk for having a premature
baby. We recommend eating three meals a day and snacking on “good”
fat foods such as eggs, nuts, and avocado to gain weight.
#4. Avoid smoking, street drugs, and alcohol.
Everyone knows to avoid smoking, drugs, and alcohol during a pregnancy,
but we recommend to avoid them when you’re trying to conceive. Smoking
is linked to lower fertility rates. It decreases estrogen levels and affects
the ovaries. Street drugs are never okay for your health and should definitely
not be in your system while you are trying to get pregnant. While there
is no evidence that alcohol affects your fertility, we advise against
drinking alcohol when trying to conceive.
#5. Eat healthy.
Eating healthy is advice we recommend for everyone. It's especially
important for women who are planning on becoming pregnant. Cut out all
junk food of your diet and start focusing on eating high-quality proteins,
fruits, and vegetables.
Following the tips above will enable you to have a healthy and less stressful
pregnancy. Please visit the Women’s Health Center
at Saint Francis Healthcare to get started on your pregnancy preparation.