Since a baby begins developing 17 days after conception, it is important to start living a healthy lifestyle before deciding to become pregnant. “You’re responsible for your baby’s health, inside and outside,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.
Before you get pregnant, follow this checklist to get your body baby-ready.
1. Quit smoking, limit alcohol consumption.
2. Start taking a folic acid supplement, which can be found in most prenatal vitamins. Every woman of childbearing age needs to get 4 mg daily.
3. Stop oral birth control three months before trying to get pregnant.
4. See your doctor to give him or her a rundown of family health histor, get tested for STDs, anemia and hepatitis and get up to date on vaccines.
5. Avoid Aspirin and ibuprofen.
6. If you own cats, stop changing the litter. Cats can excrete toxoplasma gondii through their feces, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis. A baby with toxoplasmosis can be born with birth defects.
7. Switch from aerosol cleaning products to “pump” products; Go green and non-toxic whenever possible.