At the 3 month mark, I read the aforementioned book: ‘What to Expect before you’re expecting‘ The book is good and I would recommend reading it.
What I learnt, and what I did:
The main things I took away from reading the book cover to cover are:
- Visit your GP and make sure all your vaccines are up to date.
- I did this and I am Utd with all my appropriate vaccinations. Despite being quite obviously obese the doctor didn’t mention it and I was the one that brought up dieting not him (more on that later).
- Visit your Dentist and make sure your gums are in good condition.
- Pregnancy hormones cause gums to recede so you should get a check-up before getting pregnant.
- Cut the caffeine.
- I’m not a coffee drinker but I love a cup of English tea…. well when pregnant or TTC the recommended amount of caffeine only amounts to 4 cups of tea a day: I was on 8 or more. So I spent a few weeks cutting down the caffeine because who wants a caffeine headake along with all the other sometimes unpleasant symptoms of early pregnancy when going cold turkey.
- Cut the alcohol
- If your TTC alcohol is not your friend; it can cause fluctuations in your monthly cycle and possibly affect ovulation! I don’t really drink so this one was no problem for me.
- Smokers should quit
- I’m a non-smoker but I’m sure you know the reasoning; oxygen levels in the blood are so low they affect the babies development.
- Start taking Pregnancy multivitamins
- The book recommends something with 400mcg to 600mcg of folic acid in. I only found one that contained that volume: Vitabiotics Pregnacare Max
- The folic acid is for the babies development and helps to reduce the chances of neural tube defects, and taking them up to a year in advance can be beneficial.
- Vitamin B6 can help reduce morning sickness.
- Overall these tablets should improve your chance of conception.
- Loose weight
- Being in the normal weight range will improve your chance of a healthy pregnancy for both mum and baby.