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7 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT TTC TIPS TRYING TO CONCEIVE HELP

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7 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT TTC TIPS TRYING TO CONCEIVE HELP

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Before You Start Trying.

Before You Start Trying to Get Pregnant.

For many people, pregnancy is easy and natural. It often happens without even trying. According to research published by the Guttmacher Institute, nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned.

However, if you are thinking of getting pregnant soon, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Preparation can help you have both a healthy pregnancy and a healthy infant.

There are a number of steps a couple can take to increase their chances of having a healthy pregnancy.

Doctor Visits:

Couples trying to get pregnant should see a doctor for pre-conception guidance and support. This is particularly important if one or both of the parents has a history of medical issues that might affect fertility. Such issues include:

*high blood pressure.

*asthma.

*diabetes.

*a history of cancer.

*thyroid disease.

*sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

*endometriosis (women).

*fibroids (women).

A doctor can make sure that any medications either of you might be taking don’t negatively impact either fertility or the developing baby. If particular types of medication are necessary for the health of either parent, your doctor may be able to prescribe safer alternatives.

During a pre-conception appointment, your doctor will also assess your overall health and well-being. It’s a great time to discuss potential lifestyle changes that can help you achieve a successful pregnancy and healthy child.

Make Regular Appointments:

Work with your healthcare provider to monitor your fertility and general health. This can help ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy.

Regular visits will continue to be important once you have conceived. Post-conception visits are known as prenatal care. Prenatal care is important for a healthy pregnancy. It can reduce the risk of:

*low birth weight.

*preterm birth.

*preeclampsia/eclampsia.

*complications from gestational diabetes.

*birth defects, particularly neural tube defects.

Nutrition.

Take Folic Acid:

Women looking to become pregnant should get at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day starting at least one month before pregnancy. They can supplement their daily multivitamin with folic acid. They can also look for a multivitamin with added folic acid, such as a prenatal vitamin.

Folic acid has been shown to decrease the risk of certain serious birth defects and miscarriage. It is important to start folic acid supplementation before trying to get pregnant.

Eat Well:

Your body is going to need all the vitamins and nutrients it can get while you’re pregnant. Get a head start on eating well. Eating well is key to a healthy life and a healthy pregnancy. You should also take a daily multivitamin to make up for whatever your food leaves out.

Lifestyle.

Maintain a Healthy Weight:

Being underweight or overweight can dramatically reduce fertility. This is true for both men and women.

Couples should work with doctors or nutritionists to achieve a more optimal weight. This will also help get the mother on a good footing for the weight she will gain during pregnancy.

Exercise.

Exercising for 30 minutes five to seven days a week is a good way to help:

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