Planning a pregnancy can be an exciting time for hopeful parents and their loved ones. There’s so much to think about from decorating the nursery, joining parenting forums, and even starting a baby registry for your little one. But many miss the opportunity to prepare for the actual pregnancy practically. This can include preconception care to organising your finances. And while these may seem draining and tedious, they can be helpful to you and your partner as you progress through your pregnancy.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
After deciding it’s time to expand your family, becoming pregnant can seem like the only necessary step needed. But we can assure you that while it is an incredible journey, it can also be stressful, especially when you have so many decisions to make.
These are some of the ways you can best prepare for a stress-free pregnancy.
Preconception Care Tip 1: Book A Consult
Even if you have had consistent yearly check-ups with your gynaecologist, it can be beneficial to book a prep-pregnancy consult. This can be beneficial in ensuring you have a clean bill of health with no potential issues. The consultation also allows you to share any concerns you have with your doctor.
Preconception Care Tip 2: Start Supplements
Your doctor will recommend you start taking daily supplements, specifically a multivitamin with folic acid. This is essential for both your health and your baby in the coming months. There are several benefits of taking vitamins, from addressing your anaemia to giving you a boost with other deficiencies. It can be supportive to you and your baby and contribute to a healthy pregnancy.
Preconception Care Tip 3: Give Up Smoking
Even though it’s easier than it sounds, giving up smoking is critical because it can seriously affect your baby. Smoking has also been found to impact your general health and reduce fertility, which can become a significant problem as you try to fall pregnant.
Preconception Care Tip 4: Prioritise Your Mental Health
Stress can increase tremendously with pregnancy. You may be inundated with concerns, have to make important decisions, and plan financially for your hospital stay. These can all contribute to declining mental health, which will only worsen after birth if not managed. Scheduling a therapist appointment or joining support groups can help calm your mind and provide a sense of relief.
Preconception care is necessary and can be supportive to you throughout your pregnancy and even after birth. There are many other ways you can prepare, such as eating a balanced and nutritious diet and even managing your weight if needed.
We can provide you with excellent preconception care, prioritising both you and the baby. If you are ready to start a family, make an appointment with Dr Nitesh today.