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Preparing for Pregnancy, Parenthood & Beyond…

You’ve decided to plunge into pregnancy, but have you considered some of the lifestyle changes you need to undergo? How prepared are you for pregnancy? Remember having to prepare for examinations at school? Going through any major lifestyle change requires some preparation. Let’s consider some things you need to do during this preparation for pregnancy and parenthood:

  1. Give Up Smoking

If you’re a smoker or have a partner who smokes, consider quitting before becoming pregnant. Smoking can have a negative impact on both your fertility rates. For instance, men who smoke tend to have a lower sperm count, while women who smoke take a longer time to conceive. Smoking also can cause complications during pregnancy. Hence, it would be a great time to give up smoking before you start your parenting journey.

  1. Maintaining A Healthy Diet

As you prepare for pregnancy, you might like to consider cutting out foods that aren’t healthy. Limit your intake of alcohol and add lots of fresh foods into your diet. Make sure you have a varied diet rich in necessary nutrients and take supplements if required.

  1. Maintain A Healthy Weight

Your weight can affect your changes of conceiving and impact your pregnancy. Make sure to maintain the ideal weight for your height. Avoid sugary foods with low nutrition.

  1. Start Exercising

Being fit will help you in your pregnancy and your journey during parenthood. You’re going to need those extra muscles to be toting around your baby, stroller and the accompanying changing bags! Start with just 30 minutes a day!

  1. Stock up on Folate

Make sure to eat food high in folic acid to prevent birth defects in baby’s head and spine. Consider adding folate enriched foods in your diet prior to conceiving.

Of course, there are things than the above points to consider as you embark on your parenting journey. Make sure to read widely and talk to your own parents as you move forward.