The thought of starting a new family or having another child is exciting! If you and your partner decide to get pregnant, there are a number of things you can do to prepare emotionally and physically for the pregnancy. Preconception planning is an important step to help you boost your health, formulate a plan, and give baby the best possible start.
What does preconception planning involve?
- Visit your doctor to check your current health
- Get up-to-date on any vaccinations that you should have before pregnancy
- If you smoke, get help to quit before pregnancy
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Learn the principles of eating well, including foods to avoid
- Talk to your doctor about starting a safe exercise plan
What to expect during your preconception doctor’s visitMedical: Your doctor will perform a physical to check your current health, look over your medical history, and ask about your family history and your partner’s family history. It is important to bring a list of any medications and vitamins you’re currently taking.
Lifestyle: Your doctor will discuss your lifestyle habits including smoking, drinking, caffeine intake, diet, etc. He or she will likely access your weight and eating habits and suggest a routine exercise plan.
Prenatal Vitamins: It is essential to begin a prenatal vitamin plan prior to conceiving. Folic acid, iron, and calcium are especially important in your prenatal vitamin plan.
Once you’re pregnant, it is important to stay on track with healthy habits and schedule regular doctor’s visits throughout your pregnancy.