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Getting Ready to Get Pregnant

Whether you’re planning for your first child or whether you’re old hat at this whole conception thing, there are some important things you should do in order to get ready to try to conceive. Some of these steps are intended to increase your chances of conception, while others are more aimed at helping both you and your baby have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Here are the most important things you can do in order to get ready to get pregnant:

1. Get your habits in order.

No one here is going to judge you because you use tobacco or alcohol. However, when you’re trying to conceive and when you’re pregnant, it’s an entirely different situation. Tobacco use can keep you from getting pregnant. It can also cause all sorts of problems for your baby if you do get pregnant. You need to avoid tobacco as much as possible while you’re pregnant.

Alcohol can have negative effects, too, especially when overused.

2. Get a handle on nutrition.

Your body’s ability to create a life is nothing short of a miracle. That miracle needs some basic building blocks to start from, however. You need to have a diet that’s high in things like iron, folic acid and other essential nutrients to help your baby grow. Eating a well-balanced diet also helps with the process of conception, as you’re less likely to have certain physical problems or hormone imbalances if you’re eating right.

3. Get educated.

If you want to get pregnant, you need to know how. We’re not talking just about the birds and the bees, o course. We’re talking about gaining a working knowledge of ovulation, about how to time your efforts to conceive, and about the various other factors that can either increase or decrease your chances of getting pregnant.

You also need to start getting educated about pregnancy. You’ll want to consider reading some books on pregnancy even now, and start making plans for things like a birth plan and even dreaming about the future after your bundle of joy arrives.

Last modified: February 10, 2013

The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.