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Learning about Preconception

You spoke to your partner, and you are ready to grow your family! Before you start trying to conceive, it is very important that you are healthy, so your body can handle all of the changes that pregnancy is going to cause in order to make your pregnancy a smooth journey.

The first step is to stop and analyze your daily habits throughout you life, and ask yourself if you are willing to make a change for your baby. You might want to ask yourself the following questions: am I eating healthy? Am I drinking enough water? Am I exercising regularly? Am I ready to quit smoking, drinking or the use of any drugs? Am I emotionally ready to dive into this adventure?

After contemplating the following questions, you then need to decide whether or not you are willing to change what is necessary for a healthy pregnancy. The first 8 weeks of your pregnancy are extremely important, since your baby’s organs and systems are being formed. Usually at this period, many women are unsure about their pregnancy - what can be tricky - but if you have a healthy lifestyle and is making the changes that you need, there are no reasons to worry!

There are many doctors and midwives that provide preconception care, and I encourage everybody to attend. It is extremely important that you are getting checkups regularly especially before conception to ensure that you are healthy enough to conceive.

Planning to have a baby is fun, but sometimes we can be surprised with an unplanned pregnancy - babies are normally great about doing things their ways and not ours! In this case, the best thing to do is make those lifestyle changes as soon as you find out you are expecting and schedule an appointment with your care provider to make sure you are doing everything you can to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby!

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