Diet Guide for PreconceptionDuring preconception, start watching what you eat. While trying to get pregnant, load up on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (such as whole-wheat breads or crackers). Eat plenty of calcium-rich foods (such as nonfat or low-fat yogurt, milk, and broccoli) that your baby needs for strong bones and teeth.
If you live in areas where fruits and vegetables aren't in season, frozen vegetables are a good option. Avoid eating a lot of fatty foods (such as butter and fatty meats). Choose leaner foods when you can (such as skim milk, chicken and turkey without the skin, and fish).
(See Pregnancy Nutrition for more information on this topic.)
Lifestyle ChangesDuring the preconception period, there are some lifestyle adjustments you should consider making:
- Tell your doctor if you smoke or use alcohol or drugs. Quitting is hard, but you can do it. Ask your doctor for help.
- Get enough sleep (try to get seven to nine hours every night).
- If you can, control the stress in your life. When it comes to things like work and family, figure out what you can really do. Set limits with yourself and others. Don't be afraid to say "no" to requests for your time and energy.
- Move your body. Once you get pregnant, you cannot increase your exercise routine by much, so it's best to start before the baby is on the way.