Preparing your body for pregnancy
A good diet and exercise is key to your preparation.
If you have decided that you are going to start trying for a baby, there are a few things you can do to help prepare your body for pregnancy. A good diet and exercise regime is very important.
There is no specific diet known to boost fertility but it is a good idea to eat healthily and exercise as being overweight or underweight can cause problems. Drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet of wholesome, nutritious foods including lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy.
Folic acid will help prevent Spina Bifida
Exercise is also very important and any exercise you do now will stand to you both during and after your pregnancy. Every little helps as the fitter you are, the better you will be able to cope with pregnancy, which places extra demands and strains on your body. Walking is an easy and free way to exercise but if you prefer something a little different there are so many different options available. Classes like Zumba, Salsa Dancing or Aerobics are fun ways to exercise and there is often no need to join a gym. See what is on in your local area and get your partner involved.
Also, don’t forget to begin taking folic acid, which helps prevent Spina Bifida. It is recommended to begin taking a supplement with 400 micrograms of folic acid everyday at least three months prior to conception. In fact the HSE recommends that women and teenagers who might become pregnant within the next year need an extra 400 micrograms of folic acid as a supplement (tablet) every day, as well as eating a healthy diet.
If you have any questions about your diet while trying for a baby, feel free to contact our Careline. Your GP is also a good person to speak to as they can offer you support and advice during this time.
Questions about feeding and nutrition?
Our nutritionists and feeding advisors are always on hand to talk about feeding your baby. So if you have a question, just get in touch.