How to prepare for pregnancy

Bringing a life into this world is a big responsibility, and should never be taken lightly.

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  • Sometimes, we get so excited at the idea of having a baby that we neglect to focus on the importance of preparing our lives and bodies for pregnancy. There is so much more to preparing for pregnancy than just being ready for a baby. Below are just a few ways that you can prepare yourself for pregnancy.

  • Exercise

  • Making exercise a part of your routine is a great way to prepare yourself for pregnancy. Most women tell themselves, they won't gain too much extra weight during pregnancy; they vow to work out consistently throughout the 9 months and limit their weight gain. There is a little bit of a problem with that theory if you haven’t been working out consistently before you get pregnant. You will be advised to keep your exercise routines to a comfortable level, and not exceed anything for which your body is accustomed. So if you don’t work out now, you won't be able to work out later.

  • Healthy Eating

  • Getting in the habit of eating healthy is important for pre-pregnancy for a few reasons. First, it will help you create a healthier environment for the little one. Second, it will create a good habit of eating healthy which will be important during and after pregnancy.

  • Insurance

  • Make sure you understand the insurance benefits, terms, and conditions. It is important as you will be dealing with the insurance company frequently throughout your pregnancy, and after the baby is born.

  • Find a prenatal vitamin that suits you

  • Every vitamin is just a little different so do your research and find the best vitamin for your needs. If your stomach is sensitive, you may want to find a vitamin that isn’t as high in iron as other vitamins, or possibly go for a vegan-style vitamin that is plant-based.

  • Research your prenatal care options

  • Some people prefer midwives to doctors. Some prefer a natural childbirth while others, like myself, simply adore the epidural. Make sure you research the "good" and the "bad" about all of the options so you make an educated and thoughtful decision. Make sure you aren’t being forced into any decision, and that you are doing what feels right to you.

  • Preparing for pregnancy is important. It is a beautiful experience, but one that needs delicate attention and thorough consideration. Bringing a life into this world is a big responsibility and never should be taken lightly.

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Kelsie Stanfill is the mother of a very busy and charismatic 15-month-old girl. She studied communications and family relations. 

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