Parkridge Health System - January 25, 2019

When a new year rolls around, thoughts about how you want your life to go always play in your mind. Do you want to change careers? Do you want to become a homeowner? Or, even, do you want to start a family?

If you and your family do have a baby on the brain, our team at Parkridge East wants to share some things to remember when planning for a baby. Read on as we take a look.

Get Your Ducks in a Row

If you're serious about wanting to become pregnant, you need to have a conversation with your physician about things you need to do first before conceiving, including:

  • Having a pre-conception check-up
  • Making sure you have a regular cycle
  • Starting to take prenatal vitamins

You want to make sure you do what you can to take care of any obstacles that might come in your way of conceiving. Your doctor can help suggest any necessary lifestyle changes to help make that possible.

Make Healthier Choices

While you need to be healthy for yourself, you also want to be in the best health to support a successful pregnancy.

Therefore, if you are looking to conceive in the near future, start taking action when it comes to living a healthy life, such as:

  • Exercising on a regular basis
  • Following a healthy diet
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

Try Not to Stress

Yes, this is probably easier said than done. However, stressing each month about whether a baby was conceived puts a lot of stress on you—both in mind and body. And stress can be a contributing factor to infertility.

Therefore, try to keep your stress to a minimum by:

  • Avoiding stressors
  • Eating healthy
  • Exercising
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Staying positive
  • Trying meditation

Quit Smoking

According to the World Health Organization, one in three adults is a smoker. And while you know that smoking isn't good for you, did you know it can also make conceiving more difficult?

Beyond that, it's also detrimental to the health of an unborn baby. One of the best things you can do for your health and the health of your future child is to take action to stop smoking today!

Are you looking to welcome a new addition to the family sooner rather than later? Visit Parkridge East to learn about how we can help support both you and your baby.