10 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Baby

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  1. Make an appointment for a preconception care check-up – discuss changes that should implemented to increase the chances of pregnancy and establish good health for you and the baby. This is especially important for those with medical conditions.
  2. Focus on maintaining a healthy diet – your health and nutrition plays a vital role in the development of your baby. Supplying your baby with key nutrients is important for growth.
  3. Begin taking a prenatal vitamin – prenatal vitamins contain the recommended daily vitamins and minerals you need before and during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding. It is recommended that you begin taking a prenatal vitamin before pregnancy.
  4. Make appropriate lifestyle changes – smoking, drinking alcohol and drug use is not only harmful to you, but also to a developing baby’s health. Reduce your risk for miscarriage and birth defects by eliminating any harmful behaviors.
  5. Evaluate your environment – look closely at your home and where you work and identify any toxic substances or chemicals that you may be exposed to.
  6. Ask your provider about medications – some medications, including supplements, herbal remedies and over-the-counter medications should not be taken while pregnant.
  7. Know your family history – genetic or inherited disorders occur in certain ethnic group and families. Understand your risk.
  8. Start an exercise routine – low-impact aerobics such as walking, swimming and yoga, increase energy, improve mood, reduce stress and encourage healthy sleep.
  9. Minimize stress – stress can delay ovulation and decrease your chances of conceiving. Find time for activities – such as meditation, reading, walking – that calm you.
  10. Get your weight in check – being overweight or underweight is associated with several pregnancy and childbirth complications. Talk with your health care provider about a healthy weight for you.

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