5 things you need to know before you start trying to conceive
8 June 2016
Here at Great Plains Women’s Health, we are often asked if there is anything our patients need to do before they start trying to conceive. The first few weeks of pregnancy are critical to the development of your baby, and they usually happen before you even realize you are pregnant! Taking care of yourself is incredibly important, but can also be fun. Here are 5 tips to consider while you begin the process of starting your family.
- Your health is vital to the success of a healthy pregnancy and baby- eat a healthy & balanced diet, get regular exercise, plenty of sleep, cut back on caffeine, stop drinking alcohol, and remove unnecessary stress from your life. The first trimester of pregnancy is when the most important parts of your baby start developing, so getting your health on track before you are pregnant will help reduce or completely eliminate some potential birth defects.
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor to review any prescribed medications you currently take and discuss any medical issues you may have that could affect the health of your baby. Smoking, taking illegal drugs, being significantly over or under weight, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and seizure disorders are just a few things that can affect fertility and a healthy pregnancy.
- Start taking a prenatal vitamin rich in folic acid and iron before you start trying to conceive. Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects, and iron helps with the extra blood supply the baby will need. Most women can take an over the counter prenatal vitamin found in the vitamin section of any pharmacy.
- Talk with your partner about your family medical histories. Some families or ethnicities are more prone to certain genetic disorders, and your doctor can advise you on steps you might be able to take to reduce the odds of complications.
- Have fun connecting with your partner! Spend extra time with your partner, once you have your baby, life will change in ways you cannot imagine. Weekend getaways, vacations, couples counseling, or just spending extra quality time together doing hobbies you both enjoy are great ways to connect and strengthen your relationship.
The health of our patients is what is most important to the staff at Great Plains Women’s Health, if you have any questions, please give us a call and schedule an appointment with one of our amazing doctors, at 701.774.7687.