Prepare With These Important Pre-Pregnancy To-Do’s
Weight & Nutrition
A Look at the Essentials
- Take a folic acid supplement
- Get to your proper weight
Take a Folic Acid Supplement
Folic acid is one of the primary ingredients in our VitaPrep, so you’re off to a good start. You need to make sure you have folic acid in your system BEFORE conceiving. Adequate folate in a healthful diet may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord birth defect.
Get to Your Proper Weight
Try and get to a healthy weight before you add your bump. Being overweight before pregnancy can hinder fertility and increase your risk for diabetes and hypertension.
You should make an effort to get yourself in good physical condition for pregnancy and labor. Begin exercising in moderation before conceiving. Don’t wear out the treadmill, but do try to exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week.Close
Your Medical History
Know Yourself and Your Body
- Get genetic screenings
- Know your vaccine history
- Get a Mammogram (if needed)
Get Genetic Screenings
Genetic screening tests are available to check if you are at risk for having a baby with certain known genetic problems, such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease. Your partner may also require testing under certain circumstances. Ask your OB/GYN about which tests would benefit you.
Know your Vaccine History
It is important to protect yourself from certain illnesses that can hurt a growing fetus. Vaccines are available for many of them (such as German measles and chicken pox). If you get vaccinated prior to pregnancy, you may need to delay getting pregnant for a period of time after you are vaccinated.
Get a Mammogram (if needed)
Women with a family history of breast cancer or those who are over age 40 should have a mammogram before getting pregnant.Close
Taking Care of Your Pearly Whites
- Schedule maintenance
- Keeping good habits
- How it’s linked
Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Now there’s another good reason to keep those pearly whites and gums in good condition. Believe it or not, dental hygiene is essential before and during pregnancy. Poor dental hygiene and gingivitis have been strongly linked to pre-term labor.Close
Habits & Medication
Habits to Kick
- Clean up your act
- Hold off on medications
- Learn about prescriptions
Clean up Your Act
If you are a smoker, talk to your doctor about ways to quit. Greatly limit or eliminate alcohol consumption while you are trying to get pregnant, and stop drinking as soon as you suspect you have conceived. Cease all recreational drug use and speak to your doctor if you are unable or unwilling to do this on your own. If you’re a coffee drinker, it’s worth considering limiting your lattes.
Hold Off on Over-The-Counter Medication
Once you find out you are pregnant, do not take any over-the-counter medication without first talking to your doctor.
Talk to Your Doctor About Daily Prescribed Medication
Many people take a prescribed daily medication for medical issues such as thyroid disease, depression, or high blood pressure. DO NOT STOP TAKING ANY DAILY MEDICATION WITHOUT FIRST SPEAKING TO YOUR DOCTOR.Close
What to Look For
- Schedule a screening
- What to consider
- Learning about treatments
Should include screening for (and treatment of, if necessary):
- Thyroid Disorder
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Gynecology Check-up
- Pap Smear
- Herpes + sexually transmitted disease testing
- Fibroids Screening
- Endometriosis Screening
- Diagnose Menstrual Cycle irregularities
Stress & Lifestyle
Habits to Kick
- Assess work/personal life
- Partner up
- Maternity leave
- Reduce stress
Assess your Work and Personal Life Balance
Having a baby is a wonderful change, but it is more life-altering than you can imagine. Take a good look at your work and personal life to figure out what changes, if any, would make your transition to parenthood as smooth as possible.
Get your partner involved in assessing their issues of lifestyle, work, and stress.
Find Out About Your Company Maternity Policy
Maternity leave policies vary greatly. Understanding what kind of maternity support your workplace offers early on can help you devise the post-baby career plan that is best for you.
Finding ways to reduce stress in today’s go-go world is easier said than done. Many people believe that if you “just relax”, you may conceive more easily. We know this well-meaning advice can be frustrating when you’re putting your best effort into trying to conceive. We simply encourage you to work toward minimizing stress so that you can more fully enjoy your life, your future pregnancy and, ultimately, your new baby. Best of all, reducing stress has been shown to strengthen immunity, facilitate weight loss, and, funnily enough, promote happiness.Close