Congratulations, you’ve officially decided to take the plunge into parenthood. If you want to give yourself the best chance at a healthy pregnancy, there are some things you should take care of before conceiving.
1. Quit smoking and drinking.
This one is obvious, but it is worth a mention anyways. Excessive use of alcohol and tobacco can have debilitating effects on a developing baby. Even if you are not yet pregnant, it is a good idea to give these things up, as they can affect your fertility.
2. Cut back on caffeine.
Do you need a cup (or two, or three, or four) of coffee just to make it through your day? Studies show that too much caffeine can trigger miscarriage, so you will need to cut back eventually. Do yourself a favor and start weaning off now to avoid withdrawals after you are pregnant.
3. Stock your fridge with healthy foods.
It’s no secret that your diet has an effect on the health of your child, but what you may not know is that healthy eating should start well before getting pregnant. Eating the wrong foods isn’t just bad for the baby, it could lower your chances of pregnancy altogether!
4. Consider your finances.
Having a baby is a big financial commitment. Forget covering expenses for the first 18 years of your child’s life – just delivering the baby can set you back thousands of dollars if you don’t have the right health insurance. It is important to think about these things now so they don’t become an obstacle down the road.
5. Have your hormone levels tested.
A well-functioning endocrine system is a key component of your overall health, but it is especially important if you are planning on getting pregnant. A hormonal imbalance (specifically low progesterone levels) can compromise your uterus’ ability to support a growing embryo.
NuWave Medical, PLLC offers hormone testing and treatment options for females living in New York City, Nassau County, and Suffolk County, Long Island. Visit our website to learn more about female hormone replacement therapy, or give us a call at (631) 343-7144.