You may have been told “You’re never completely ready to have a baby.” While that may be true, there are some questions that you can answer ahead of time to ensure you’re as prepared as possible. Here are just a few questions to keep in mind while you plan your pregnancy.
How long do I need to be off birth control before trying to conceive?
The amount of time you need to be off birth control depends on the type of birth control you’re using. Some, such as the birth control shot, can cause a few months of hormonal abnormalities, while others, like birth control, only take one or two months to get back to a normal menstrual cycle. Consult your obgyn for a prenatal counseling appointment to talk about getting off birth control.
What lifestyle changes do I need to make?
If you enjoy a few glasses of wine on the weekend or struggle to get through a work day without multiple cups of coffee, you might need to adjust your lifestyle while trying to conceive. Cutting back on alcohol and caffeine not only increases your odds of conceiving, but it also makes the adjustment when you get pregnant easier. It’s also important to focus on eating healthy, whole foods so your body has the nutrients it needs.
Do I have any medical conditions I need to control prior to pregnancy?
Medical problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and thyroid disease, can really affect your pregnancy. Consult an obgyn if you have any medical conditions you are concerned about before getting pregnant. It’s also important to discuss your weight with your obstetrician if you’re either underweight or overweight. Getting pregnant at an unhealthy weight can be harmful to you and your baby.
Should I start a prenatal vitamin now?
A lot of doctors suggest taking prenatal vitamins about three months before getting pregnant to ensure you’re as healthy as possible. It’s vital that the proper nutrients are present in the early stages of pregnancy.
Is my life too high-stress to be pregnant?
There’s never a “best time” to have a baby, but it’s important to try to reduce the stress in your life prior to getting pregnant. Try to answer questions about where your stress is coming from and find healthy ways, such as meditation and exercise, to manage it.
What will we do if we struggle with fertility?
Most couples hope to get pregnant within the first couple months of trying, but most don’t. Talk to your partner about how you’re going to deal with the disappointment and stress that can come with trying to conceive, and talk to them about what you’ll do if you can’t conceive naturally.
Schedule a prenatal counseling appointment at Women’s Health Partners to talk with your obstetrician about planning a pregnancy.