Preparing Your Body For a Baby: What Needs to be Done?

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Thinking about the pitter patter of tiny feet? Deciding to have a baby is a thrilling yet nerve wracking time, we all fear the unknown to some extent. But there are things that are you can do which are within your control, and will enable you to move forward feeling confident and excited. Here are some examples. 

Get down to a healthy weight

Getting down to a healthy BMI (or as close as you possibly can) is always a smart move before having a baby. Not only will you likely conceive more quickly but it can also reduce the risk of complications throughout your pregnancy. You can have your doctor check your BMI for you, or measure your height and weight yourself and use an online calculator. Exercising more and eating well to get your weight in check will also have the benefit of making you feel healthier, and ensure your body has everything it needs. 

Have an infectious disease screening

Lots of infectious diseases can wreak havoc on the body and cause issues in pregnancy, but you might not even know that you have them. If you fall pregnant you’ll be checked for a number of diseases and infections, but ideally you should have these checks done before falling pregnant. If you do need treatment you can have this done and everything under control by the time you conceive. 

Give up your unhealthy habits

Smoking, drinking, illicit drugs- not only are these incredibly bad for your own health but can have massive negative impacts on your baby too. When you’ve reached the stage where you know you’re ready to have a baby then chances are, things like partying and being out all night won’t be of huge interest to you anyway. But if you do smoke or are struggling with other addictions, look into addiction treatment at Pathways Real Life Recovery – and other similar companies. Not only will it massively benefit your own health and give you peace of mind that you’re not hurting your body, but you can move forward in your pregnancy without worry or guilt. 

Get your mental health in check

Having a baby is one of the most incredible things you’ll ever do in your life, but it can be really hard at times too. Along with general anxieties about how the pregnancy is going, you have to deal with giving up work for a period of time, perhaps even struggle with growing apart from friends and family who aren’t at the same stage of their lives as you. There’s the changing relationship with your partner to deal with, sorting out living arrangements, the financial implications and so much more. If you’re already struggling with your mental health then this can be a particularly trying time, so getting yourself in the right frame of mind first could be a smart move. This could involve counselling and therapy, or getting onto medication that works for you (which would be safe to continue if you did conceive). 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All thoughts are my own and no other’s. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC

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