Preparing your body for pregnancy

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Even before you become pregnant, your health matters to your future baby. Adopting healthy habits and addressing pre-existing medical concerns can help give your baby the best start in life. If you’re thinking about starting a family, follow these tips to improve your health as you prepare for pregnancy:

  • Get any pre-existing health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes under control
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Exercise three or more times a week and at least 150 minutes weekly
  • Take 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid or a prenatal vitamin daily
  • Get within 15 pounds of your ideal weight
  • Be sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations
  • If you smoke or misuse drugs or other harmful substances, quit immediately
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Start the conversation now
  • It’s important to discuss your plans to start a family with your health care provider early on.

They will advise you when to stop taking birth control pills or potentially unsafe over-the-counter medications. Your provider can also help develop a care plan for conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure which may need to be monitored by a maternal fetal specialist regularly.

If you don’t have a provider, finding one is easy! Call 800.LAKELAND (525.3526) or visit spectrumhealthlakeland.com/primarycare to learn more about available providers in your area.

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