Thinking About Trying To Conceive? Do These 4 Things First
If you and your significant other have been talking about having a baby, it is important that you realize what it means to bring a new person into this world. There are many things that need to be considered. Once the decision has been made to have a baby, there is a long list of things that need to be done. To ensure that you have a good pregnancy and the best possible pregnancy experience, here are a few steps that you should take prior to getting between the sheets with your significant other and trying to conceive a baby:
1. Hold Onto Your Sick Time and Paid Days Off.
If your current employment offers paid days off and sick time, it may be a good idea to allow those days to accumulate. While not everyone does, there is a good chance that you may get "morning sickness." Some people will get it worse than others. Those paid days off can be used for those particularly bad days.
2. Get in Good Physical Shape.
Your body needs to be strong in order to carry a baby or else you may find yourself suffering from unnecessary back and leg pain. So, start exercising prior to conceiving to strengthen your muscles, especially the back and leg muscles. This will make it much easier to carry the baby. Then, when you do get pregnant, don't stop exercising. Not only is it a good idea to stay healthy for your baby, you can avoid gaining more weight than you need to throughout the pregnancy, which will help with losing the baby weight postpartum.
3. Start Taking a Prenatal Vitamin.
While you will need to start taking prenatal vitamins when you confirm that you are pregnant, it doesn't hurt to start taking them while you're trying to conceive. By doing so, you will simply be giving your body a jump-start on giving it the nutrients it needs once you finally conceive.
4. Ask Your Doctor About Your Birth Control.
If you are on birth control, it may be a good idea to discuss whether there is a waiting period before you start trying to conceive after you stop the birth control. This will usually depend on the type of birth control that you are taking. This is for the baby's safety and to increase the odds of conception.
For more advice on what you need to do prior to conceiving, make an appointment with an OB/GYN, such as those found at Bee Ridge Obstetrics Gynecology.