In my previous post 7 Things To Do Before Having a Baby I gave you some fun ideas to do with your spouse before your baby comes.
In this post, I will give you a few ideas on what to do now that you’ve decided to try for baby bird.
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8 ways to prepare yourself for pregnancy
1) Start taking a multi-vitamin or prenatal vitamins.
It is important that you are getting at least 400 mcg. of folic acid a day out of your vitamins. It is recommended to start these at least 1 month before conception and all through your first trimester to help reduce the risk of your baby developing neural-tube defects.
2) Quit smoking, drinking & drugs.
This one is a no-brainer, but a good reminder as studies show these can lead to miscarriage, babies with low birthweights, and/or premature birth. When you drink alcohol during pregnancy it goes to your baby through your bloodstream and can cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
3) Start eating healthy.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will help you generate a healthy diet which will help you and your baby in the long run. Other foods that are suggested to eat while pregnant include nuts, beans, yogurt, salmon (be careful which fish you eat during pregnancy as some types of fish contain a high amount of mercury which can be linked to developmental delays and brain damage. Some fish you will want to stay away from are, but are not limited to, shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. Consult your doctor if you have questions or concerns.). Speak to your doctor to find out which foods you should be eating and which foods you should be avoiding during pregnancy.
4) Monitor and decrease your caffeine intake.
Some studies show that drinking too much caffeine while pregnant can be linked to miscarriage.
5) Keep yourself warm in the cooler months.
Remember, stuff that used to cause you to get just a common sickness can now not only cause you a small sickness but can become dangerous to your baby.
6) Stay hydrated.
Our bodies are made up of water so now is a critical time to be sure you’re getting all the water you need. Studies have shown that if you have swollen feet or ankles drinking fluids can actually help.
7) Get off any form of birth control.
If you are using a form of birth control such a the pill, patch, or ring some women will become fertile shortly after stopping their form of birth control, but remember that it can take some ladies up to, or over, a month to ovulate again.
8) Get your finances in order.
Babies come with all kinds of expenses from cribs & strollers to clothes to diapers, so getting your finances in order and working out a budget it a great thing to do before your baby comes.
If you are in the process of trying for your baby, congratulations!
And if you are already pregnant, a big congratulations to you!