Women who are contemplating becoming pregnant are filled with questions and concerns. Many of those decisions must come from you, such as: Is this the right time? Am I financially ready? However, some decisions can be handled in a consult with your health care provider. If you are planning to become pregnant soon, now is the time to consider your health and creating a healthy physical environment for your baby.
If your insurance covers a pre-pregnancy visit (or if you choose to pay out of pocket if it’s not covered) visit your obstetrician or women's health nurse practitioner in person. Otherwise, the following considerations will be very helpful, as well as the links below to pamphlets.
- Begin making healthy eating choices. For ideas and information, visit the Nutrition section of our Web site.
- Start an exercise routine that you can carry on throughout your pregnancy. You should consult your health care provider if you are beginning a new exercise program.
- Have a complete physical examination to determine your own health. If you have recently had an annual exam with your health care provider, this may not be necessary. Among other considerations, you will want to be sure you are up to date on your immunizations.
- Begin taking prenatal vitamins. Your health care provider can recommend a brand, if you are unsure. It’s very important for you to begin getting adequate folic acid. You may also wish to start taking a Vitamin D supplement.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Check out our 5 Tips to Quit Smoking.
- Speak with your health care provider about any recreational, prescription, herbal or over-the-counter drugs you may be taking.
- Avoid environmental hazards, such as radiation and chemicals.
- Limit your intake of caffeine.
- Stock up on sleep.
Additional Helpful Links:
- The importance of pre-pregnancy care
- During pregnancy
- Changes to expect in pregnancy
- High-risk obstetrics
- Post pregnancy