9 Ways to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy

Have you decided to have a baby? Congratulations! It’s exciting to think about getting pregnant and starting, or adding to your family. But, it can also feel complicated and out-of-control, especially if you experience fertility issues. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can take charge of, and we’re here to guide you through the entire process. 

At Damon Cobb OB/GYN in Poway, California, we specialize in providing comprehensive, compassionate obstetric and gynecological care for women in the greater San Diego area. To increase your chances of conceiving, we recommend doing these nine things to get your body ready for pregnancy.

1. Check your weight

Believe it or not, your body mass index (BMI) plays an important role in your ability to conceive. A healthy BMI is usually between 19-24. Being under or overweight can trigger irregular menstrual cycles and population issues, which lead to infertility.

2. Take vitamins and supplements

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that your body can actually grow another human being. To keep it strong and healthy, we recommend eating nutrient-dense food, like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins. In many cases, we also recommend taking folic acid, calcium, and prenatal vitamins to help you meet your nutritional needs.

3. Cut back on caffeine 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to completely cut out the java when you’re trying to get pregnant. But, you should limit the caffeine you consume to 200-300 milligrams per day. This can help reduce your chances of experiencing fertility issues and miscarriage. 

4. Limit alcohol consumption

Having a glass of red wine at the end of your day shouldn’t impact your ability to conceive. However, heavy drinking not only affects your chances to become pregnant, but it can also harm your developing baby after conception. 

5. Start exercising

It's no surprise that regular exercise is good for you. But, getting in shape can also make your pregnancy, labor, and delivery easier. The good news is all you need is moderate exercise, and it might even help you conceive faster! So, lace up those tennis shoes and start walking, biking, or golfing today.

6. Try yoga

Yoga offers numerous physical and mental benefits, especially when you’re trying to conceive. Starting a regular yoga practice helps stretch and strengthen your body, which can keep you more comfortable during your pregnancy. Yoga can also help with any emotions, anxiety, or stress you may be having about having a baby.

7. Quit smoking

You probably don’t need another reminder that smoking causes a wide variety of health problems, like lung cancer, heart disease, and strokes. If you’re trying to conceive, though, smoking can also increase your risk of fertility problems. Plus, smoking after conceiving restricts blood flow to your baby and exposes them to harmful chemicals, increasing your chances of preterm labor.

8. Visit your dentist

Most people don’t think about their teeth when they’re trying to have a baby. But problems like gingivitis and cavities can actually impact your reproductive health. Pregnancy can also cause hormone changes and increase blood flow to your gums. This makes the tissue more sensitive, swollen and can cause gum disease.

9. Talk your doctor

Don’t wait to get pregnant to schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN. When you book a preconception visit to our office, we can perform a physical exam, blood work, and check to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date. These appointments also provide us with the opportunity to discuss any health concerns you may have and determine if optional testing should be part of your prenatal care plan.

For more ways to get your body ready for pregnancy, contact us and schedule an appointment today. 

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