2. Start taking a prenatal vitamin – There’s lots of evidence that taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid in it 1-3 months before conception decreases the risk of neural tube defects in babies, and now recent evidence indicates that prenatal vitamins also reduce the likelihood of delivering prematurely.
3. Take a look a the scale – Ok, be honest with yourself, Do you need to pare down before you start eating for 2? If you’re more than 20 pounds over your ideal body weight, you’re at risk for gestational diabetes, which increases the risks to your baby. Trying to get pregnant is a great motivation to drop some weight and get into shape.
4. Check your health insurance – What does it cover? What isn’t covered? Which doctors or midwives are in your plan or out of network? The last thing you need is a surprise about finances after the pregnancy test turns positive. If your company has open enrollment coming up, nows the time to look for the best plan for you and baby.
5. Have fun – The best advice I can give you when trying to get pregnant is not to plan too much or schedule sex. After a few weeks of hearing “Get in Bed now.” even the most willing partner can get tired and lose interest, so have fun, try to have sex 2-3 times a week. 80% of couples will be pregnant in 6 months. If it’s been more than 6 months, or you’re in the 38-40 + age range, do see a fertility specialist.
You can also download my easy to use Personal Guide to Pregnancy.