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Before Baby: How to Prepare Yourself for Your First Pregnancy

A baby’s organs start developing during the first few weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. This makes it important for you to be as fit and prepared as possible for your pregnancy. Knowing how to prepare makes for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, which will help reduce stress and worry so you can have a happy pregnancy.

Get a Checkup
Medical conditions can affect both your ability to conceive and how your body responds to pregnancy. Go to the doctor before trying to get pregnant for a complete checkup to make sure you really are as healthy as you feel. Your doctor will know if any of the medications you are taking could affect your pregnancy, and may check for undiagnosed medical conditions that would require special pregnancy care.

Get Fit
The healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be, and the faster you will recover after giving birth. If you smoke, kick the habit. It is also wise to avoid alcohol and caffeine. Start exercising regularly, eat healthy, and consider taking Nature’s Energy prenatal vitamins or dietary supplements so you are as healthy as you can be when you do get pregnant. Give yourself time to make these lifestyle changes and don’t be too hard on yourself if you have an off day.

Tune Out the Chatter
Many people will be full of unsolicited advice when they find out you are pregnant or trying to conceive. You will hear opinions on everything from which sexual positions are best for conception, to crazy home remedies for morning sickness. Politely ignoring these people will make your first pregnancy less stressful. Although they mean well, most people offer unproven and even conflicting advice. Listen to your doctor rather than the peanut gallery and you will be fine.

Check Your Insurance
Take a peek at your health insurance documents to find out exactly what kind of prenatal coverage and co-pays you can expect throughout your pregnancy. This will help you plan the financial aspect of your pregnancy and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have all your bases covered.

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it is also one full of changes and questions. To make your pregnancy as stress-free and as comfortable as possible, it is best to start preparing for this adventure as soon as you and your partner decide you wish to conceive. Proper preparation will make your first pregnancy more comfortable, physically and emotionally.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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