Preparing for Pregnancy

11:45 Pippa Ainsworth 0 Comments

If you're planning a baby, or have even started to try to conceive then there's a few ways that you can smooth the process and make sure you are fully prepared to start your pregnancy journey.

1. Make sure you take your folic acid - an obvious one really but anyone who is considering a baby should be taking a folic acid supplement every day. Studies have proven that folic acid significantly reduces the risk of neural tube birth defects and it might be possible to get a prescription for it from your GP, alternatively you can buy them at pharmacies and in supermarkets.

2, Keep up your exercise regime - it's much easier to adjust a regular exercise routine for pregnancy than it is to start anew when you get pregnant. Obviously gentle exercise is best and things like swimming and aqua aerobics can be really good.

3. Schedule any medical treatment you may need - medical treatment is more complicated in pregnancy so, if you have any treatment planned make sure you can fit it in before that line turns blue. This applies to cosmetic treatment, like those for acne scarring, too. If you're taking medication routinely you should discuss this with your GP before falling pregnant as your prescription may need to be changed or adjusted.

4. Watch your diet - losing weight before getting pregnant might sound a little mad but it's a good idea to try and make sure you are following a healthy diet. Watching your alcohol and caffeine intake is a good idea too. Drink plenty of water to make sure you stay hydrated.

5. Stop smoking! Goes without saying really. Smoking during pregnancy has a number of increased risks associated with it, best to stop before you think about a baby. This applies to both parents, not just mummy!

6 Bin the pill - if you're using the contraceptive pill then stop taking it as soon as you decide you would like a baby. It can take a few months for the hormones to clear your system, although it happens much more quickly for some women.

7. Talk - make sure you and your partner have the same expectations and feelings about a possible pregnancy. You will also need to discuss finances,, future childcare, maternity and paternity leave and your home.

Did you prepare for pregnancy? Do you have any tips for those who are? I'd love to hear them below.

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