Preparation for Pregnancy

baby in womb

It is very important to be well-prepared before you get pregnant. The more preparation you do, the more likely you will have a healthy and happy baby. Your preparation may involve not only emotional and psychological changes for you and your partner, but also many lifestyle changes for a healthy pregnancy.

Once you have made up your mind of having your first baby, it is recommended to have a preconception check up.  If you and your partner are all healthy, start trying to conceive right away because it is quite normal for no sign of pregnancy after three to six months and sometimes even for about a year.

When trying to conceive, the first thing you and your partner should give up is smoking and drinking as these habits can cause fertility problems, possible respiratory problems for your baby and risk of miscarriage.

Secondly, keep stress to minimum level because it may reduce your fertility. Try not to think about work related matters when you are at home, just relax and chill and enjoy the nights and weekends with your partner.

Thirdly, healthy diet and regular exercise are essential because it will keep you fit and increase chances of getting pregnant. Try to avoid foods that are high in fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar. Keep your diet variety and nutrition.  Moderate exercise such as walking and yoga are highly recommended.

Last but not least, folic acid  and multivitamin supplement are essential for women before and during pregnancy as well as after delivery if you choose to breastfeed your baby.  Materna is one of the recommended over-the-counter parental multivitamins for women.

Stay healthy and happy pregnancy!!