Getting Pregnant

9 Things to Do Before Getting Pregnant

  • Plan when you want to have a baby.
  • Use a reliable form of birth control until you're ready to get pregnant.
  • Take a multivitamin pill that contains 400 micrograms of folic acid every day to help reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects.
  • Stop smoking, drinking alcohol and taking illegal drugs.
  • Get a medical checkup.
  • Eat healthy and get to your optimal weight.
  • Do something active every day.
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals and other harmful substances at work and at home.
  • Learn to lower your stress.
Your Preconception Checkup

It's a great idea to get a medical checkup before getting pregnant to make sure your body is ready to have a baby. At your checkup, talk to your health care provider about:
  • Your family history
  • Any medicine you take, including herbs and over-the-counter or prescription drugs
  • Making sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date
  • Any medical conditions you have, like diabetes or high blood pressure
  • How long you should wait between pregnancies