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Before Trying to Get Pregnant

So you've decided you would like to have a baby! What an exciting (and life changing) decision you've made! You should start planning about 3 months before you actually start trying to conceive (TTC). This will help you make any basic changes in your lifestyle that may be needed. You should try to stop smoking now, (if you smoke) and should limit (or avoid) alcohol consumption.

Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your plans. They can prescribe prenatal vitamins for you, as well as discuss any medications you are taking, or should avoid. He/She can also discuss whether or not you need an updated rubella vaccination. You also want to ask about Folic Acid supplements. Folic Acid has been found to help prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in unborn babies. The first 12 weeks are very important in baby's organs and body system development. Since many women don't realize they are pregnant until about 6 weeks, it's recommended you begin Folic Acid while still TTC.

It's important that you remember diet and exercise too. Be sure your diet contains the recommended daily amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, mineral, and vitamins. These will all be essential you your baby's well being once you become pregnant.

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