PHYSICAL READINESS FOR CONCEPTION
On a physical level, preparing for a pregnancy is in some ways like pregnancy itself: eat well, get lots of rest and plenty of exercise. It is also important to take folic acid in supplement form for three months prior to conception.,, Though supplements are not always the preferred way of getting nutrients, folic acid has been shown to help prevent neural tube defects in daily amounts above 0.4 mg a day or more, amounts not usually available in a regular diet. Because folic acid is important at the very beginning of the pregnancy, at times of rapid tissue growth, it is important to have enough store in the body before pregnancy is noticed. If your diet has been poor, you may also consider doing a diet cleanse or a fast before trying to conceive, which one should not do when pregnant.
Because each pregnancy is different and some women don't have much energy or have nausea the first months of pregnancy, it is important to eat well and be fit before conceiving. It's a good idea to be at your optimum weight when you conceive, since being both over and underweight can have a negative impact on the baby, and being fit can be a great help during the pregnancy in reducing typical symptoms, increasing general wellbeing and for decreasing the delivery time in labour. Find something gentle to do and refrain from pushing yourself too hard, and remind yourself that a key part of exercise is enjoyment.
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