If you’re ready to bring a baby into your life, and start a family with your partner, it’s time to get into the pregnancy mindset. Your body isn’t going to just be your own over the next 9 months, and that takes a lot of prepping for!
Of course, you’re already thinking about ways to keep the house safe, and ensure you’ve got all the right food in the fridge, and the birthing plan is really going to put itself together! So, now’s the time to focus on you.
You’re going to be carrying the baby, and so you deserve me time, and a little proper focus right now before the baby fever really hits! And to make sure you’ve got everything on the checklist crossed off, here are some of the best things to do, ASAP, if you’re looking to start a family in the near future.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you’re planning to get pregnant in the near future, the first thing to do is talk to your doctor. Letting your primary physician know you’re about to take this monumental step can put a few things in motion for you, such as getting a routine exam done, getting a few blood tests done to see if any deficiencies need addressing, and even just letting them know a new family is on the cards. Your doctor can run through all the options with you, and can advise on how best to proceed that’s specific to you and your healthcare needs.
Indeed, it’s important to remember that starting a family can be a long process, and going into it expecting the results you want the first time will often lead to disappointment. For example, you may need help in conceiving, and in the excitement to start a family of your own, this fact can be a bit of a gut punch. However, there’s a lot a doctor can do to help you here; it’s best to ask your doctor about the IVF process, or if any other non-traditional means can help you in achieving your dreams of parenthood.
Think About Supplements
Pregnancy can do a lot to drain you of your energy and wellbeing, let’s not forget that! Even when you want to be pregnant, and you’re excited to have a baby, pregnancy can do a number on your mental and physical health, and preparing for this is best done early. And in preparing your body to house a tiny person inside it for months on end, you’re probably going to need to take a few supplements over the course of the next 6 months (at least).
Many doctors recommend that you should take Folic Acid when pregnant; this can help to ensure healthy development of the fetus during the early stages. About 400mg of Folic Acid is considered to be best, but ask your doctor if you’re not sure about which dosage would be best for you.
Similarly, it’s also a good idea to take a Vitamin D supplement at the same time. This is good advice for life in the first place, as it can be hard to get your daily intake in the modern world, and an extra boost can do your skin and bones a world of good during pregnancy.
Consider Your Routine
Next up is your usual day to day routine. Try to stick to it as much as possible, to keep things feeling normal for you, but try to remain a little more flexible at the same time. You might have to drop things at a moment’s notice to take a trip up the hospital, or you might need to simply to lie down and take it easy – either way, you’re going to need flexibility to manage either!
You might also want to consider getting a little more exercise right now. Pregnancy doesn’t have to mean you sit down for 9 months and do little else – it’s best to get a bit more exercise in for the good of your body. You’ll feel more supple, you’ll feel less achey, and you’ll feel a lot more like you, even when it feels like the baby is taking over!
Look Up Your Vaccines
You may also want to look into your vaccination status right now. Being pregnant can add a lot of health risks onto your rota, and being able to protect against them is a guaranteed right afforded to you as someone who is pregnant (or looking to be soon). Most doctors would recommend you look into all long term vaccines, such as the MMR, if you’re not sure if you’ve ever had it, or if you’re not certain you’ve had both doses of it.
Similarly, you’ll also be entitled to a seasonal flu vaccine, which is great for keeping colds and other winter related germs off of your back. It’ll certainly help you to feel safer when being out and about during your pregnancy, and you can rest assured that you’re doing everything you can to keep both you and your baby safe. That’ll make baby clothes and pushchair shopping a lot easier to handle!
Keep Stress Off Your Shoulders
Stress is a nuisance at any point in your life, but when you’re either trying to get pregnant or you’re a few months into your pregnancy, it’s worse than ever. Stress can make us think silly things and do stupid stuff, and when you’ve got another little person to look out for, you’re going to want to destress as much as possible.
So, during your pregnancy, make sure you’ve got someone to talk to, that you’re able to sit down and take the weight off your feet, and be sure to put on plenty of comedy programs that’ll help you to laugh during this time of incredible pressure. The more you can do to feel safe and cozy and relaxed, the better.
If you’re reeling ready for a baby, it’s time to get your body in the groove too!
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