Some of us just know when we’re ready. Some of us never feel like we’re ready but dive in anyway. And some of us don’t even plan on conceiving, but when it happens we’re overjoyed. Or at least equal parts overjoyed and terrified. The truth is pregnancy is different for everyone, but if you are planning on having a baby you’ll find plenty of helpful advice here.
Good habits start early
Everyday life takes over and it’s easy to neglect your diet and exercise regime. While conception is different for all women, here’s a simple rule of thumb that we can all follow: it’s never too early to start taking care of yourself. Healthy parents have a better chance of conceiving and giving their baby the best possible start in life. Here are a few pointers to get you heading in the right direction.
Folic Acid is a must
This is an essential B-vitamin that is important during conception and pregnancy to help prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. Your GP or lead maternity carer will recommend a supplement to take before and during pregnancy. Folic acid is found in some foods like green leafy vegetable, wholegrain breads, cereals and brown rice, but you don’t get enough in your diet during pregnancy, and that’s why you need to take a supplement.
It’s time to start taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Work on improving your fitness, as carrying excess weight can make put extra strain on your body. Even small amounts help, so when you get a chance to add exercise into your day – take it!
If you’re having problems maintaining a healthy weight, see a health professional to discuss a sensible weight management programme.