If you’re thinking about having a baby, it’s a good idea to start living as though you’re already pregnant. After all, it’s a lot easier to change habits gradually, rather than go cold turkey when that blue line appears. It also means if you get pregnant sooner than you expected, you won’t be frantic with worry about the things you did over weekend that you wish you hadn’t. Here are some ideas to help you prepare:
Pop a pill
As soon as you decide to start trying, consider taking a prenatal vitamin but discuss it with your GP first. Also, it’s fine if you’re already taking a general multivitamin, but be sure to tell your doctor if you’re taking any specially formulated vitamins, especially those with herbs or an extra vitamin boost. Not all of them are safe to take while pregnant.
Dig out your trainers
Now is not the time to start training for your first marathon, but if you don’t have a regular exercise routine, think about starting one. Once you’re pregnant, you’ll be able to maintain this fitness regime, so why not start now before the morning sickness kicks in?
Stub out bad habits
Cigarettes and alcohol are two big no-nos while you’re pregnant, so you may as well get out of the habit now. Also if you’re taking any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, check with your GP it’s safe to do so when pregnant.
Now tell us what worked for you…
What did you do to prepare for pregnancy?