If you’re trying to conceive, you’ve probably heard all the old wives’ tales, tips, and tricks for getting pregnant right away or gaming the system to get a boy or a girl. We asked moms for their best advice on how to best prepare for pregnancy and made a checklist for you. Whether it’s your first pregnancy or you’re trying for another, our list of tips will set you up to be prepared.
Before Pregnancy Checklist:
- Be Prepared: Jess from Ohio says, “Be prepared for anything! Just because it went one way the first time doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same the second time.” The same advice goes for new moms too: if your friend or relative had one experience, yours may be different!
- Prepare for Advice: If you don’t keep your efforts a secret, prepare for other people’s (well-intentioned but frequently unwanted) advice. And always remember: trust your gut, do your research, and talk to your doctor.
- Eat Right: By focusing on healthy eating habits before conception, you’re on better track to make good food choices throughout your pregnancy. Check with your doctor for nutritional advice if you have any questions.
- Learn Your Cycles: Many women assume they ovulate on day 14 of their cycle but you may ovulate earlier or later! Charting cycles can help you identify anything out of the ordinary that you should bring up with your doctor.
- Ask Questions: Get comfortable asking questions before, during, and after pregnancy. Khari from Maine says, “Don’t be afraid to ask other moms, doctors, etc. any questions you have. TMI or not, it always helps to have the answer.” Write down any questions you have so you don’t forget.
- Finish the Before-Kids Bucket List: Dust off your “Things to Do Before Kids” list and check everything off so there’s nothing hanging over your head of “I wish we had done that before we had kids.”
- Value Your Partner: Focus on keeping your communication and emotional intimacy in a healthy place while you’re trying to conceive. Lean on each other for support, and try not to blame each other or lose focus on the health of your relationship. Enjoy the process, and don’t let it become transactional or procedural.
- Consult an Expert: See your doctor to check for fertility concerns if you have been TTC for over 12 months (or 6 months if you’re over 35) or you have irregular menstrual cycles.
What advice can you add? What would you tell a friend who is trying to conceive?
Stay tuned for the second post in the series, all about the first trimester!