15 Things You've Gotta Do Before You Get Pregnant

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Andrea Barbalich on Sep 1, 2010 at 1:48PM

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15 Things You've Gotta Do Before You Get Pregnant

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a Andrea Barbalich on Sep 1, 2010 at 1:58PM

You and your partner are thinking about taking the plunge into parenthood -- great! This is one of the most exciting times of your life, and it's also a perfect chance to make sure you're totally ready before your little one is on the way. Here, 15 things to check off your to-do list -- before baby makes three.

Step on the Scale
Being underweight can affect ovulation, so gaining a few pounds now may help you get pregnant. Battling some extra pounds? Try to reach your ideal weight before you conceive. Not only will you feel better throughout your pregnancy and be in better shape for childbirth, but you’ll also lower your risk for high blood pressure and diabetes. Another reason to get fit now: It’s dangerous to try to lose weight during pregnancy (although don't fret if you end up losing a few pounds during your first trimester from morning sickness or food aversions). “Your baby needs calories in order to grow,” says Iffath Hoskins, M.D., chair of the Department of OBGYN at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Start loading up on healthier foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables and becoming more active -- moderate exercise like walking and yoga may even make conception easier.

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