Patient Comments: Pregnancy Planning - Lifestyle Changes

Please describe the changes you have made to your lifestyle with preparation for becoming pregnant.

A Doctor's View on Pregnancy Planning and Lifestyle Changes

Read the Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Planning for a pregnancy begins prior to conception. Lifestyles changes in diet, exercise, supplements, and managing medical conditions you currently have (for example, diabetes or high blood pressure), and making sure you are up on current vaccines are important steps to take prior to becoming pregnant. Check with your doctor if you are planning to conceive to make sure you are healthy, which helps assure your baby will be healthy! Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: June 21

I haven't changed anything much. I don't drink or smoke anyway, and I either go swimming or walk my dog for my daily exercise. The only thing I have changed in preparation is I won't take any painkillers of any sort, don't drink any coffee now and am now taking folic acid. This is the first month in trying to get pregnant.

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Comment from: marilen, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I have been walking during the mornings and taking my prenatal vitamins.

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Comment from: Picky, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I had to give away my pet ferret and turtles because their smell made me throw up alot. I changed the way I eat every day I eat sunflower seeds, strawberries and blueberries in yogurt, spinach salad, baked fish. If I eat anything different I get so sick especially if I eat anything that's really sweet or greasy.

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Comment from: Happy26, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I have started to take Folic Acid about a week ago. I am smoking about 2 cigarettes a day and usually smoked about 5 a day. I still need to cut back on alcohol, currently drink about 5-10 drinks a week. I am watching my weight and I am trying to eat healthier. I am also exercising about twice a week. I am 25 and turning 26 in June. My husband is 33 and we are married for 1 year and 3 months. We have been wanting a baby since we got married but I stopped taking oral contraceptives beginning in May.

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