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Preparing for Pregnancy Preparing for pregnancy can be an extremely exciting time for a couple. There are many things that a couple must do to prepare, and there is much work to be done both before and after conception that a couple can undertake together. Preparing for the arrival of a child can and should start even before the pregnancy test shows a positive result. There are multiple things that a couple can do to prepare for the arrival of their new child and several ways for the mother to prepare herself for the nine month trial of pregnancy.

What You Can do Before Pregnancy Pregnancy can be tough, and that is an understatement. But those mothers who take the time to prepare a head of time can, if nothing else, position themselves for a better chance at a smooth pregnancy and child birth. One of the first and best ways to prepare for the trial of pregnancy is to get into the best physical shape possible. A couple and a mother who is planning on conceiving a child in the near future should begin now to get into the best physical shape possible so as to ease the stress but on her body in the months to come. The first step towards physical fitness for many will include a trip to the doctor to receive a routine physical examination. Through the results of the physical examination, a doctor will be able to tell the preparing mother exactly how she can improve her health and offer tips and suggestions on how to reach a better level of overall health.

Getting the Proper Nutrition For many, reaching a level of peak physical health in preparation for a pregnancy will include adding or taking away specific foods from the current diet in order to reflect a more balanced and health diet. A healthy diet will almost always be based upon a large amount of fruits and vegetables with the occasional protein mixed in. In addition to a more well-rounded diet, the doctor may suggest that the preparing mother begin taking prenatal vitamins. Prenatal vitamins will provide the specific vitamins that the body will need to ensure that it is read for the rigors of pregnancy as well as to nourish the developing child. Along with a better diet and the aid of a doctor’s examination, a preparing mother can help herself and her partner by undertaking to find maternity health coverage. Finding maternity health coverage may


often not make the first list of preparations that an expecting mother will want to make, but it most assuredly should be due to its vital nature in the coming months and for the months following child birth. By taking the time and the effort to prepare ahead of time for the long nine months and pregnancy and for the life changing event of baring and raising a child, a new mother can be better able to handle the extreme stresses that could upon her. As with all things, by preparing for the pregnancy and subsequent child birth ahead of time, a couple will be able to face the challenges associated with pregnancy and child birth with the confidence and power that proper preparation lends. Photo Credit: Arlo MagicMan, Arya Ziai


Preparing for Pregnancy