Each year roughly 51% of pregnancies are planned according to the NCBI. That means almost half of the women who get pregnant planned it. Many women who plan their pregnancies are so focused on charting their periods and ovulation that they forget to take other important measures for their soon to be baby. Here are a few important things to take into consideration before you get pregnant.
Take your vitamins and include a folic acid supplement as well. Studies show that some birth defects can be prevented by taking vitamins and folic acids in advance before you are pregnant. Source:CDC
Exercise. According to the CDC, healthy women should get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week that is spread out. Brisk walking or aerobic activity is suggested for women during and after pregnancy.
Eat organic healthy foods. If you cannot do all organic foods, the most important area to buy organic is your fruits and vegetables. These foods are where chemicals and pesticides are used the most. Be sure to at least buy organic produce for any fruit or vegetable that does not have an outer protectant layer; such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc. Source: Fit Pregnancy
Limit your mercury intake. From light bulbs to seafood, it is wise to educate yourself on where mercury is prevalent in your daily life. Mercury is detrimental and can cause serious side effects in babies in the womb if they are exposed to too much. Source: March of Dimes
Get to a healthy weight. According to March of Dimes, if you’re at a healthy weight before pregnancy, you’re less likely than women who weigh too little or too much to have serious compliments during pregnancy, like high blood pressure or diabetes.
What did you do to prepare for your pregnancy? And additional measures you took to have a healthy pregnancy?