Ready to take the plunge into parenthood? Congrats! This is a fun and exciting time in life—and having kiddos will be one of the most rewarding things you do! That being said, there are a few things to think about before getting pregnant. Here are some steps you can take before conception to ensure the next nine months are as healthy as possible.
Although you're not pregnant yet, quitting smoking as early as possible is essential. Recent research suggests that smoking can have a negative effect on fertility, and reduce your chances of becoming pregnant. If you've been smoking for years, the idea of quitting may seem impossible. But there are plenty of things that you can try that will make kicking the habit easier. If it's difficult to do, you always can ask for professional help.
When you're trying for a baby, it's important to make a conscious effort to eat better and incorporate more essential nutrients into your diet. It can help to do some research on the various supplements you should be taking—such as folic acid. Always consult your doctor before taking supplements to see what the best options are for you.
One thing that many couples do when trying for a baby is take a look at family medical history. Start by speaking with your doctor, who will ask a number of questions. She'll help you determine whether or not you should delve deeper with Genetic Predisposition DNA Testing.
Some women stop taking birth control and leave the rest to fate. But if you want to take a more calculated route, why not use an ovulation calculator? By using an ovulation calculator, you can identify the days that you are at your most fertile.
If you are trying for a baby, you will have a million and one things to think about. It may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but money matters should be at the top of your list. You will need to work out the cost of pregnancy and delivery and then make a financial plan for after the baby is born.
How did you prepare for pregnancy and parenthood? We'd love to hear your best tips. Share in the comments section!
About the author: Diane H. Wong is a happy mother of wonderful twins. Besides, she works as a writer for Do My Writing. In this case, she has an opportunity to share her experience of being a mother with others.