Taking good care of yourself before you become pregnant will give your future baby a healthier start. Below is a checklist to review prior to becoming pregnant.
- Get a complete physical
- Take a multi-vitamin with folic acid
- Discuss with your doctor chronic medical conditions that may impact pregnancy (diabetes, genital herpes, Chrohn’s disease)
- Review medications you are taking
- Ask for a blood test to determine your immunity to childhood diseases
- Review job related hazards to determine whether they could pose a risk to a developing fetus
- Start taking prenatal vitamins three to six months before you plan to conceive
- Assess your eating habits, keep a journal for a week
- Cut back on fats and sweets
- Drink lots of liquids; at least 8 glasses a day of water, juice or milk
- Cut back on caffeinated beverages
- If you smoke or use other tobacco products, strongly work to quit. Tobacco poses many risks for a fetus.
- If you currently have an exercise program, check with your doctor to make sure it is safe to continue during pregnancy.
- If you do not currently exercise, ask your doctor if it is safe to start
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