You're ready for a baby, but what to do first?
Many moms said the best thing they did before trying to get pregnant, was having an open, honest conversation with their partner. A few moms mentioned talking over the BIG parenting issues- will someone stay at home with baby, what religion to raise the child, what type of education, and so on. While these ideas may change down the road, many moms said it helped to understand expectations and fears that the other person had.
Talk to your Doc- A pre-pregnancy appointment will help ease your worries and validate that your body is in peak pregnancy performance! Not only will this be a good time to ask any questions you may have, it will serve as a good opportunity to asses your relationship. Since you'll be seeing your OB quite often while pregnant, it's important they value your time and any questions you have.
Get off the pill- Doctors recommend getting off of oral contraceptive at least two months prior to actively trying. This gives your body time to get back into your normal menstrual cycle. Once your body is in a consistent cycle you will better be able to find your ovulation dates.
Kick the bad habits early! Limiting your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco, will help improve your odds of conception. Not only will your body be better able to host a child, but you'll improve your overall health.
Pop a Prenatal- Prenatal vitamins offer loads of nutrition that is necessary to mom and baby during this time. It is crucial to your and the baby's health that you get all the nutrition you need.
Get as much sleep as you can- Many mom's suggest stocking up on the ZZZ's now. While it's expected to lose sleep once your child is here, many women commented that they lost sleep while pregnant either trying to adjust to sleeping on their side, or getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Eating Right- While you begin thinking of your baby and what your body is preparing to do, it's also important to eat a nutritious diet. Look for foods that are high in Omega-3 as well as folic acid. You can never be too healthy!
Spend time just the two of you- Whether it's a Babymoon, weekend getaway, or your dream vacation, moms agree that it's vital to spend as much one-on-one time with your partner as possible before the baby comes.