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Back in May, one of my first posts was about pregnancy. I had made a “Pre-Baby Bucket List.” It was a list of things I wanted to accomplish before having a baby. Turns out that list is hard to check off when you want to get pregnant in a matter of months and those months are flying by!
The prenatal specialist told me that if I had a baby after 30, I would be considered a “senior” mom. Maybe that has been on my mind since my 30th birthday is oh, 11 days away, but all I have been thinking about is having a baby!
Want to know a secret? Maybe it’s not a secret. I never really cared for babies. I never wanted to hold them. I never thought I would have “baby fever”.. what is happening to me?!
We had been saying we would start trying in the fall. Well with fall quickly approaching (as well as my birthday), I am starting to read more articles about pregnancy. There’s so much to learn! I should’ve started this years ago! Kidding. Kind of.
If you are in the same boat as me, here are the cliff notes on what I have learned about getting ready for pregnancy:
I had been advised to start taking this back in January by the prenatal specialist. They specifically recommended Folic Acid. The vitamin I am taking has the recommended amount plus others. You should start taking this at least one month prior to conceiving.
I’m an Amazon junkie and bought a 250 count bottle back in March for $25-something that will last about 8 months!
I had never heard of this before but I am glad I did it. I’ve mentioned before that I am not very healthy… it had never crossed my mind that the medication I take may have to be stopped during pregnancy! In my appointment that was a major talking point, going over each medication and the risks. It is important to keep momma healthy for the baby, so many of my medications will remain the same.
The counseling is important not just to discuss your history but also your spouse’s. You may meet with a genetics counselor and discuss your family tree so it’s important to know health information for your side and your spouse.
Cut out unhealthy habits
Drinking, smoking, drugs, caffeine, junk food… whatever is your vice, it needs to go. I’m going to be on the struggle bus for caffeine! Start this as soon as you can, especially for something like smoking (or drugs…) since that habit can be hard to kick.
Ughh. This is the hardest for me with the other medical issues I have going on. I know that I need to implement a routine now and get to a healthy weight so there aren’t complications later on. It also lowers the risk for gestational diabetes.
Throw Out Your Birth Control
If you want to get pregnant, you don’t want to be on this. It’ll eliminate your chances of getting pregnant and it just puts unnecessary hormones into your body.
It can be a little trickier if you are on the Depo-Provera shot or have an IUD. Check with your doctor how to go about conceiving.
Can you afford a child? I had no idea how much diapers cost until about a year ago. Seriously, those things are expensive! I quit my job in May and we wanted to make sure we were going to do okay financially before considering bringing a child into the world.
Aside from the cost of raising a child, make sure you have the right healthcare coverage as well. Call and check about prenatal coverage.
For the women that are reading, what did you do to prepare yourself for pregnancy? Or even men, did you feel like there was anything you needed to change in your life prior to welcoming a child into the world?