Perfect timing! Here's what to do for your health before you get pregnant.
In Today's Issue:
• For a Healthy Pregnancy, Eat Right—Right Now!
• Prenatal Vitamins: Don't Wait Until You're Pregnant
• The Best Way to Exercise When You're Trying
• Easy Ways to Boost Your Iron Intake
• Do You Need to Be Thin to Conceive?
• And Can You Be Too Thin?
• Exercise: Can Too Much Affect Fertility?
Taking good care of yourself when you're expecting is a no-brainer, but the state of your health before you've got a baby on board matters, too—especially since you could be pregnant for weeks before you see that pink plus sign on a pregnancy test. Eating right, maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough folic acid even just a few months before conceiving can actually help prevent certain birth defects. And since a fetus is most vulnerable in the first trimester, it's never too early to give your baby-to-be the best possible start. Talk to your doctor about your family plans now... and kudos to you for thinking ahead.
Get Pregnant Faster Tip
Want to make a baby ASAP? Then it's last call for alcohol. Research suggests that even a few drinks a week may affect your fertility, and the more you imbibe, the greater the risk. To increase your chances for a speedy conception, you and your partner—drinking may affect his fertility too—should give up booze as soon as possible. (Three months before you start trying is ideal.)
Know Before You Show
Eating For Two: The Healthy Pregnancy Diet
• 7 Things You Need to Know About Childbirth
• Will Dad Show Pregnancy Symptoms, Too?
In Every Issue
• Don't Start Trying Without Our Ovulation Tracker!
• 10 Signs You May Be Pregnant
• Aiden or Ana? Pick a Baby Name
• Is It Taking a While to Get Pregnant? Know When to Call in the Experts