Are you thinking about trying to get pregnant? Knowing what to do before getting pregnant is an important part of preparing for a healthy pregnancy. First things first: Talk to your healthcare provider. Be prepared to discuss your medical history and any medical conditions you might have. Don’t leave anything out; you may be surprised by what can affect your fertility.
Your provider will ask you questions about:
- Health conditions you, your partner and your family members have or had
- Your mental and emotional health
- What vitamins, prescriptions or over-the-counter medication you take
- Your use of alcohol, nicotine products or other drugs
The answers to these questions can help you, your partner and your healthcare provider address any concerns that might affect your ability to get pregnant, your pregnancy and your baby’s health.
This is a good time to get caught up on any immunizations you may be missing, including your flu shot if it’s flu season. The flu can be especially dangerous to pregnant women. Likewise, you should be screened for sexually transmitted infections, some of which you can pass on to your baby.
Your healthcare provider may also recommend that you take prenatal vitamins before you become pregnant, so that when you do become pregnant your baby will have the nutrition they need as early as possible. Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid, a B vitamin that’s needed for babies’ brain development. In addition to taking prenatal medications, you will also want to eat a nutritious diet and exercise regularly.
Taking care of your health before you get pregnant is important to having a healthy pregnancy – and your local family planning provider can help. Find your local NJFPL provider health center and make an appointment today.