Preparing Your Body for Baby

Preparing Your Body for Baby

PreparingForBabyNesting. For those who aren’t familiar with this mommy-friendly term, it’s when expectant mothers get the urge to clean, tie up lose ends and organize — brought on by a desire to prepare for the new baby.

Similar to nesting, many women who are planning to get pregnant may get the urge to start preparing their body to make the healthiest and happiest home possible for a baby. We absolutely love to hear this and highly recommend it for anyone thinking about starting a family in the future.

For those of you who want to get as healthy as possible and prepare your body for a bundle of joy, we’re going to make it easy for you. Here is a complete list of suggestions from Dorothy White, MD, OBGYN at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

Clean Up Your Diet

Add foods that help with fertility to your diet. Some good ones are: yams, eggs, asparagus, almonds, salmon, leafy greens and organic grass-fed whole dairy.

Quit Smoking and Limit Alcohol

It’s just not good for you!

Start Limiting Your Exposure to Toxins

Toxins may cause cancer, birth defects or abnormalities.

De-stress and Decompress

Stress can wreak havoc on your body by boosting cortisol levels, which can suppress ovulation and decrease sperm count and sex drive.

Exercise Regularly 

Pregnancy isn’t a time to start a new exercise routine; its best to get in healthy shape months before you conceive.

Visit the Dentist

During pregnancy, gums tend to bleed and teeth can become loose. Also, periodontal disease is linked to preterm and underweight babies. Make sure you’re up to date with your dental exams before and during pregnancy.

Take Prenatal Vitamins

Taking prenatal vitamins or 400 mcg of folic acid, daily at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester, can cut your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects,
such as spina bifida, by 50 to 70 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Limit Caffeine

Relax. You don’t have to completely abandon your morning cup of joe. However, if you consume more than 200 milligrams of caffeine – about one to two eight-ounce cups — per day, you should ease up.

Consider decaf or coffee with less caffeine. Heavy caffeine consumption has been associated with fertility problems.

Visit Your Doctor and Get a Regular Checkup

If you’re trying to conceive, you should visit your doctor. Also, we recommend a regular pap smear and breast check. If you’re interested in learning more, please speak with your primary care physician.

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