So I created this to be a place for useful information. So let’s talk about getting ready for a baby. This is for men and women so share with your spouses.
To have a healthy baby you have to be healthy as well. Way before I thought of having a baby I knew I needed to get healthy. Check your weight. Do you need to lose weight? Tone up? Are you exercising? That could be a start. You can start as simple as walking for 30 mins a few times a week. Set yourself some goals. For example I may say I want to workout 3 times a week. Then write them in your planner as a to do item. You have to make time for this to start being healthy.
Your diet is very important. Once you get pregnant you have to eat a certain way. If you start now you can continue this throughout pregnancy and beyond. What is this certain way? This is something you definitely should speak to your doctor about. A start is to add fruits and vegetables to your diet and take out the junk. Slow down on the eating out and junk food. Don’t restrict yourself balance it out. It’s not a good idea to skip out on carbs. I know no carbs but let’s think low carbs. Monitor the carbs, fat and the sugar. A good way to start is to simply track what you are eating and adjust.
This is the part we don’t like to talk about but we have to face the fact that we have to drop some habits. There are some things that are not healthy for a baby. Let’s start with our beloved caffeine. Caffeine is not safe for a baby. According to webmd it is recommended to keep caffeine intake below 300mg per day. The problem with caffeine is sometimes we forgot the different things caffeine are in. Caffeine is in tea, coffee, some sodas (Coke, Pepsi and Mountian Dew), and dark chocolate. You have to get in the habit of reading labels so you know exactly what you are consuming.
So I’ll share my testimony before getting pregnant I smoked cigarettes. I don’t smoke cigarettes now. Cigarettes are directly related to premature birth and low birth weights. It’s a hard habit to kick but you have to start now. There are some free tips available online at CDC.gov. You can choose between behavior modification such as counseling or prescription such as the nicotine patch. It’s important that you start kicking the habit now.
Some of you may read this and say this is a no brainer. You have to cut out the alcohol. Alcohol is linked to several birth issues for babies. Alcohol can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. There is no safe amount of alcohol. So if you have this habit you have to cut it down or out. It is not safe for babies. There are some women who have a glass of wine. This is definitely something you want to speak with your doctor about.
If you have an addiction to street drugs you have to get some help now. Illicit drug use is not safe for babies because most of them cross the placenta and cause babies to become addicted. Once the babies are born they go through withdrawal. Lastly, pregnant women are now started to get drug tested at prenatal visits. This is not an issue that you want as it will lead to you being investigated.
Also consider prescription and over the counter drugs. Have a conversation with your doctor about the safety of your meds during pregnancy. This way if it’s not safe for babies you two could come up with a plan for once you confirm your pregnancy.
Prenatal vitamins are a neccesity when trying to conceive. You need prenatal vitamins now for a couple of reasons. One reason is because usually by the time we find out we are pregnant the closure process is done. What this means is that the lips, tongue, limbs and back are closed. In order to close you need to folic acid which is in that vitamin. So if you are missing this you run the risk of things like Clef lips and clef paletes.
Prenatal vitamins provide the nutrients that you need to ensure your body is healthy. When shopping for a prenatal vitamin you have to make sure they include things like folic acid, DHA, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Calcium, and Iron. There are more these are highly important. You can always get a basic one and switch to a better one after conception. A lot of prenatals have these basics.
These are a few steps you can take to get yourself ready for baby and your partner. Your partner doing drugs and not being healthy can impact fertility. I know it isn’t easy. Which area do you need the most support in?