Getting ready for pregnancy can never begin too early, since there are many important steps that are necessary for easier conception and healthy gestation. Many of the right habits during pregnancy are beneficial before conception too, since these lifestyle changes will get the body ready for pregnancy and minimize the risk of complications in your future baby's health. Below is a closer look at the best habits to prepare for pregnancy and plan for your family's growth.
Manage existing medical conditions
It is important for moms-to-be to keep their doctors in the loop and discuss preconception health care. Your physician may recommend changes in your daily routine and offer tips on improving certain medical conditions that could pose a risk to a growing baby. High blood pressure, diabetes, and STDs can all lead to prenatal complications, but these conditions are manageable with the right preventive care.
Consume a nutrient-rich diet
A diet that is high in antioxidants, protein, good fats, and fiber will be beneficial in getting ready to conceive. Foods that are high in folic acid are particularly important, since this vitamin is integral in the prevention of common birth defects. A daily folic acid supplement may also be recommended.
Quit drinking alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine should both be avoided not only during pregnancy, but also before conception. Quitting drinking and steering clear of caffeine can increase the chances of conception and help you adjust to an appropriate prenatal diet.
Collect family health information
Knowing what health conditions exist in your family will help you determine if any genetic testing or other specialized fertility services are necessary.
At Desert West OBGYN, you will find comprehensive care for your preconception, prenatal, and post-partum care. We have four west and north valley offices serving communities including Arrowhead, Avondale, Goodyear and Surprise. You can schedule an appointment at one of our offices by calling (602) 978-1500, or visit our website for a closer look at our women's health services.