Start a new exercise routine
The healthier you are during pregnancy, the better chance you have of birthing a healthy baby. Get off the couch and get active for 30 minutes four plus days per week, whether it’s walking, running or yoga. Not only can this kind of exercise routine improve fertility, it can help you feel positive throughout your pregnancy, build stamina for labor and shed the baby weight faster post-pregnancy, according to one article
Get to a healthy weight
Your weight—overweight or underweight—can have a significant impact on your ability to get pregnant. A low body mass index (BMI) (below 18.5) or a high BMI (over 30) may cause you to experience irregular periods or halt your ovulation entirely. Obesity during pregnancy can also result in gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, birth defects or the need for a C-section. That’s certainly some motivation to make sure we’re staying healthy!
Stock up on healthy foods
You should treat your body like your temple all of the time, but this is especially true when you’re trying to get pregnant. Prepare your body for pregnancy with the nutrients necessary to keep your baby healthy. One article
suggests eating at least two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of veggies every day along with adequate amounts of whole grains, proteins and calcium.
Cut back on coffee
That’s right, you don’t need to give up that magic morning elixir completely. But if you drink more than one to two eight-ounce cups of coffee per day, you should lessen that dependence just a bit. Caffeine has been shown to negatively affect fertility and interfere with your body’s ability to absorb iron during pregnancy.
Don’t lose your love of seafood
Many mothers-to-be cut seafood from their diets for fear of mercury poisoning. This is not the right move according to The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
. In fact, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are important for brain and eye development. Women who want to become pregnant should eat a minimum of 12 ounces of low-mercury fish per week.
Remember that teeth matter too
If fear of that dental drill has been keeping you from getting your teeth cleaned, pre-pregnancy is the time to find your way back. According to one babycenter.com, shifts during pregnancy can increase your likelihood of getting gum disease. The good news is that getting in for that check-up prior to conception can decrease your chances of experiencing gum complications during pregnancy.
Find your family medical history
You can help secure your baby’s future by looking into your past. Check into your family medical history, as well as your partner’s, and take note of any genetic or chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome, sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs and bleeding disorders. This may help you determine the appropriate pre-natal tests to take or help you to decide if looking into genetic counseling is the right move for you.