Guest post – the ultimate pregnancy preparation checklist

Wanting to start a family? In that case, you should have a read of this fantastic guide about preparing for pregnancy. It’s interesting, informative and it contains everything you’ll need to know. But don’t just take it from me – take it from the professionals…

1. Get fit and clean up

First things first, you need your body and mind in peak condition to be able to handle the upsurge in pregnancy hormones, morning sickness, and other fantastic changes in your body once you are pregnant. This means cleaning up your lifestyle;

  • Cut out alcohol – alcohol suppresses your system and impacts on your liver as well as other major organs. Cut down or better still, cut out alcohol altogether.
  • Quit smoking – the chances of ill health in your baby is increased with every cigarette you smoke. Cut them out completely and enjoy fresh air once again.
  • Wave goodbye to e-cigs too – often touted as the safe alternative to cigarettes e-cigs contain all kinds of chemicals can prove harmful to your baby. So, wave bye-bye to vaping.

Introduce a fitness regime that helps you tone up, as well as increase muscle strength and cardio-fitness too. The better shape you are in, the better you will cope with pregnancy and the quicker you will heal after giving birth. 2. Get checked out

Pregnancy and birth place high demands on your body, as well as your emotional health. Thus, getting checked out by your doctor will give you some idea of the health you are in, as well as seeking advice and support to make changes to your lifestyle. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you will need to see your GP to run through what needs to change and whether there are changes to your medication that is needed. For some couples, there may be a need for counselling if they have conditions that could be hereditary. Your GP may refer you to a specialist counsellor to discuss any potential pregnancy and how it could impact on you.

3. Get clued up

You are about to perform a miracle of growing and giving birth to new life. It may sound glossy and fluffy on the surface but there are changes coming your way that you need to be prepared for. Pregnancy can be anxious time for many women and what can allay many of your fears to rest is knowing what will be happening, what to look for and how to deal with common pregnancy complaints. For example, some women suffer from incontinence during pregnancy. Caused by an increase in hormones as well as the weight of a growing baby on your bladder, getting to the toilet on time can be problematic. Managing the problem is about a combination of things, including having women’s incontinence pads to hand as well as ensuring you are drinking plenty of water. In some cases, ‘timed’ toilet visits can also help maintain control of your bladder.

4. Get your vitamins

The first 12 weeks of pregnancy are important for the developing baby. It is during this time that the foetus develops the brain, and the central nervous system. Folic acid is the nutrient that drives these developments and you need to make sure you are getting enough of it. If you are planning on getting pregnant there is no harm in increasing your intake of folic acid in the very early stages but it is essential to maintain higher levels of folic acid until at least week 12 of your pregnancy. To make sure you are getting the right level of folic acid, buy a product intended for use during pregnancy.

5. Get practicing… but relax

Some women seem to fall pregnant easily and within days of trying. Other couples face a slightly longer road to getting pregnant. If after six months of trying you are not pregnant, take a trip to see your GP. After 12 months, they will refer to see a specialist to carry out further tests. But, in the meantime, you need to relax as being stressed or anxious may be the very things that are stopping you from conceiving. Checking every few days if you have conceived can also have a detrimental impact on your emotional health, making the whole process of making babies more stressful than it needs to be. So, relax and enjoy making babies.

This guest post was specially created for my wonderful readers by HARTMANN Direct, an online supplier of high quality incontinence, perfect for use during pregnancy as well as after giving birth. I hope this guide has been helpful 🙂

This blog post is an advertisement feature that has been written in collaboration with a sponsor. The pink links in this post indicate a sponsored link 🙂

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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