Aug 19, 2014
1. See your practitioner before becoming pregnant
2. Start changing yourfood habits to include a healthy variety of foods
3. Exercise! Starting now will help you stay in shape during pregnancy, can lower your risk of miscarriage, and has been proven to help reduce labor complications and length
4. Educate yourself !
5. Eat a new vegetable you've never tried
6. Check out a book on pregnancy
7. Figure out what to do about chemical birth control, like the birth control pill
8. Stop smoking. There are many programs to help you
9. Take a prenatal vitamin. They can be prescribed by your practitioner or you can buy them over the counter Ensure it contains 0.4 mg of folic acid
10. Ask your partner to join you on your new healthy habit changes.
11. Track your cycles. Learning what you can about your cycles will help determine when you ovulate and when you conceived. These make for more accurate due dates
12. If you need a new practitioner, interview before you become pregnant
13. Ask your friends about pregnancy and parenthood
14. Avoid chemicals that could possibly harm your baby. You can find these at work, in your home, and just about anywhere, be environmentally sensitive
15. See your dentist before you get pregnant and brush your teeth daily
16. Tell any medical professional that you may be pregnant if you are trying to get pregnant. This can prevent exposure to harmful tests and chemicals if you are pregnant and don't know it yet
17. Stop changing cat litter
18. Remember, it can take up to a year to become pregnant. If you have been actively trying for a year or more than six months if you are over 35, see your practitioner
19. Act pregnant. This includes not drinking alcohol, even while trying to conceive. There is no known safe level during pregnancy and alcohol can cause birth defects
20. Announce your pregnancy when you are ready
21. Talk to your parents, what do you want to take from their experiences? How do you want to be different?
22. Rest when you can. Nap!
23. Start a journal or a pregnancy blog
24. Use non-medicinal remedies for problems like nausea, heartburn, and constipation
25. Drink six - eight eight ounce glasses of water a day.