When you’re thinking about getting pregnant it pays to plan ahead so here’s our basic pre-conception checklist to start you off on the right track.
Diet & Nutrition
For a healthy vegetarian pregnancy or vegan pregnancy diet and nutrition are especially important. Consider how healthy your diet currently is and whether you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. Now is a good time to boost the nutrition of you meals in order to ensure the body is healthy and ready to conceive. Start taking your folic acid supplements a few months before if possible.
Medical Conditions & Medication
Some medical conditions can impact pregnancy or conception chances and some medications won’t be suitable to take during pregnancy. Book an appointment with your doctor for a review if you’re unsure. For example, I was prescribed the contraceptive pill to treat a medical condition so when I decided I wanted to get pregnant I went to the doctor to seek a suitable alternative.
Stress isn’t helpful for conception or pregnancy so try and start winding down and learning techniques to deal with it. Mindfulness, yoga and meditation are all helpful practices to start as early as possible so you can draw on them throughout the process.
Once you’re pregnant you might get the urge to start improving your fitness but it’s much better to have begun before you conceive. Introduce some physical activity into your day and find something you can continue throughout the pregnancy. Yoga, swimming or walking are good because they are low impact but increase endurance, strength, flexibility and general fitness which will be beneficial during pregnancy and birth.
There are certain lifestyle changes that go along with conception and pregnancy so it can help to choose a time where you’ll find this easier. Giving up alcohol before you start trying to conceive is a good way to increase your chances. Other things you might want to consider are the suitability of your finances, job, house and other lifestyle choices. Nothing’s ever perfect though so don’t be disheartened if you feel like things aren’t exactly as you want them.
Do you have any of your own tips for pre-conception?