Ready to Conceive? 10 Tips to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy

You’ve decided you want to start, or add to, your family. To help the process go as smoothly as possible, there are a number of things you can do to prepare ahead of time to increase your chances for a healthy outcome, for both you and your baby.

Here at Capital Women’s Care, we want to give our patients in Rockville and Silver Springs, Maryland, the very best start to this exciting journey. To that end, we’ve pulled together a list of 10 tips to help get your body ready for pregnancy. By spending a little time on your body before you conceive, you can give your unborn child the tools for a healthy and happy start to life.

1. Quit smoking

If you don’t smoke, you may skip to #2. If you’re a smoker, please indulge us for a moment. We’re sure you already know that smoking is bad for your health, but if you’re hoping to bring a healthy child into the world, your tobacco use can affect that goal. We hate using scare tactics, but the fact is that 20-30% of low-birthweight babies are a result of smoking, as well as about 14% of preterm deliveries and, sadly, 10% of infant deaths. If you’re struggling with smoking, we’re happy to point you in the right direction to get the tools you need to quit.

2. Lose weight

Second only to smoking, obesity poses a great danger to your health and the health of your child. Women who carry extra pounds are more at risk of developing gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and sleep apnea. And these conditions can affect your growing child. For example, if you develop gestational diabetes, your baby is more likely to have certain problems after birth and may even develop diabetes later in life.

Every bit counts, so any effort you make to lose weight before your pregnancy is time well spent.

3. Eating for two

The old adage that you’re eating for two is one that applies even before you get pregnant. You want to make sure that your body is functioning optimally by feeding it nothing but nutritious foods. By weaning your body from processed foods and sticking to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, dairy, and proteins, your system will be teeming with the right nutrients for your child when the time comes.

4. Work it out

Exercise is a great way to shed some pounds before you add them back on during your pregnancy, and it also helps boost your cardiovascular health. Your heart’s health is paramount during your pregnancy as it works overtime to help you create a new life. By starting out relatively fit, you’ll have more energy and resources to devote to your growing baby.

5. Clean your slate

If you have a pre-existing health condition, we want to work with you beforehand to make sure it’s well in hand before you get pregnant. Whatever the condition, if it affects you, odds are it will affect your baby.

6. Get a jump on caffeine and alcohol

There are certain things that will be off limits during your pregnancy, so why not start weaning yourself now? Cut back on your coffee and limit your alcohol intake while you’re getting ready for pregnancy to save yourself from going cold turkey once you get the good news.

7. Add folic acid

If you’re planning on pregnancy in earnest, you can help your body prepare by adding some folic acid to your daily intake. We can also figure out whether you might benefit from a boost in other vitamins and recommend the appropriate supplements.

8. De-stress

Trying to conceive, and then going through a pregnancy, can be extremely stressful, so practice some relaxation techniques now so that you’re mentally prepared. Stress doesn’t do your body, or your baby’s, any favors, so learn to relax, breathe, and meditate to lower your heart rate and your stress levels.

9. Come and see us

If the previous eight tips haven’t painted a clear picture, there’s a lot to consider when you’re trying to get pregnant. We’re here to help, and we want you to get off on the right foot. Schedule a visit with us so we can talk about areas where you might need to do a little work in order to best prepare yourself for pregnancy.

10. Please quit smoking

It’s worth mentioning twice, because it really is the best thing you can do for your health -- and your baby’s health.

To get started on creating the family of your dreams, please give us a call or use the online scheduling tool on this website to book an appointment.

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