9 Things to do Before Getting Pregnant

Are you thinking about getting pregnant?

You plan for retirement, buying a house, and all kinds of other things. Why not plan for your pregnancy?

The healthier you are starting out, the more smoothly your pregnancy is likely to progress….and that’s not just limited to women. The health of your man is just as important as you prepare your bodies for conception to take place.

In  “The Healthy Pregnancy Book” Dr. William Sears and his wife Martha Sears, RN give nine things to consider before becoming pregnant.

Is Your Body Fit to Have a Baby

  • Do you have dietary habits that may affect your fertility and your likelihood of having a healthy pregnancy?
  • Are you taking medications that need to be tapered or changed?
  • Do you have a chronic illness that needs to be better controlled, such as diabetes?

Make Health Your Hobby

“Pregnancy may just be the motivation you need to get off the couch, visit the produce section of the supermarket, eat in and not out, and do all the other good things for your body that your mother preached and medical talk shows highlight.”

Schedule a Preconception Checkup

  • Review your medical history
  • Review previous miscarriages
  • Order any laboratory tests that your care provider suggests

Pre-load Your Body with Nutrients

“Now is the time to eat more of what you and your little one need and less of what you don’t. Besides pre-loading with prenatal supplements, eat more foods containing ‘the nourishing nine’.”

  • Omega-3 fats
  • Folic acid
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Iodine

Eat More of the Twelve Pregnancy Superfoods

  • Seafood (Alaskan sockeye and king salmon are the safest and most nutritious)
  • Nuts, raw
  • Greens
  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Beans & lentils
  • Flaxseeds, ground
  • Olive oil
  • Tofu (firm tofu is what you want – it’s more nutrient dense)
  • Oatmeal

Get Used to Grazing

  • It relieves reflux
  • It relieves consipation
  • It steadies blood sugar
  • It helps keep you lean

Get Lean

” ‘Lean’ means having the right amount of body fat for your body type, and the right amount of body fat for your health needs and those of your baby. ‘Lean’ does not mean skinny.”

Go Green 

“The cleaner and greener the air you breathe, the foods you eat, the lotions you use, and even the lipstick you wear, the greater your chances of conceiving and birthing a healthy baby.”

Move It

“If you’re habitually sedentary and planning to get pregnant, now is the time to get moving.” It’s important to create a routine that you will be able to stick to long term. For creative ways to make working out a part of your routine, click here.

These are just a few things to think about as you consider a future pregnancy. Our midwives at Edenway Birth Center would be happy to talk with you regarding lifestyle changes you can make to better ensure a healthy pregnancy. They are knowledgeable, gentle, and considerate in their care and are happy to walk through these changes with you.
Call our office at 817-558-BABY today to schedule an appointment!