Five Things to Do Before You Get Pregnant
You’ve probably created a bucket list of sorts many times throughout your life. Maybe you had a checklist for the things you wanted to do before you graduated college, or you mapped out the bachelorette adventures you needed to complete before you walked down the aisle. If you’re considering trying to conceive in the near future, it’s time to prioritize the things you need to do before baby arrives.
Create a Workout Routine
Making health and fitness a priority now will help you sail through those nine long months, as fit women typically enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy as well as an easier labor and delivery. Exercise enough to keep you at a healthy weight. You shouldn’t be overweight or underweight before you get pregnant, according to Web MD. Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day for five days out of the week. Choose exercises that you can continue once you get pregnant, such as walking around the block or swimming a few laps at the pool.
Pop a Prenatal Vitamin
If you’re about to start trying for a baby, tools like the FirstResponse.com ovulation calendar can help determine your fertile window. But many women don’t realize that they also need to take prenatal vitamins while they are trying to conceive. Choose a supplement with at least 400 mcg of folic acid, as it helps to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida, according to Web MD. Start taking a prenatal vitamin at least once month before you start trying to conceive in order to get the maximum benefits from these supplements.
Figure Out Your Relationship
These are the last few months in your life that you can devote completely to your partner. Make sure you’re both on-board for the parenting journey and that you spend quality time together preparing for pregnancy. Research has shown that when both partners are on the same page about pregnancy, the woman is more likely to get early prenatal care, according to WomensHealth.gov. Plan several fun date nights to keep things fresh in your relationship, but also include your partner in preparations for the baby. Shop the stores together, pick out cute infant outfits and future registry items and talk about potential baby names.
Get Your Finances in Line
No matter how large or small your budget is, chances are you will need to make a few changes once baby arrives. Be sure your finances are in order before you get pregnant, in order to avoid excess stress during your pregnancy. WomensHealth.gov recommends that you look into your health insurance policy and see what prenatal care is covered as well as the type of coverage your newborn baby will receive. If you’re afraid you won’t be able to afford some of the health care costs associated with having an infant, contact your local health department and community clinics to see if there are options available for you.
Sleep While You Can
Laze around in bed on a Sunday morning, or take a nap on a Saturday afternoon. Soak up every moment of snoozing that you can, because beginning with pregnancy your sleep patterns will be changed forever. When baby arrives, he will probably sleep for up to 16 hours a day, according to Web MD. However, that will be 16 hours divided up into two, three or four hour blocks of time.