Preparing for a Baby

If you are thinking about getting pregnant soon, it is important to pay special attention to nutrition. Not only will eating well while planning to have a baby increase the likelihood of becoming pregnant, it will also lower the risk of pregnancy complications and improve the health of your future child. Here are some tips:

Eat a balanced diet: Make sure your diet contains high quality proteins, carbohydrates from fresh vegetables and fruit, and healthy fats like olive oil, nuts, and avocados. Organic foods are a better choice because they do not contain pesticides, hormones or antibiotics that could affect the health of the fetus.
Take supplements: Most people are deficient in Omega-3 fats, which support fetal brain and eye development. Omega-3 fats are found in fish, free range eggs, and grass-fed meat. You should also take prenatal vitamins, which make up for any nutritional deficiencies in your diet.
Use caution with beverages: Sodas – even diet ones – contain sugar and artificial sweeteners, which can be harmful to babies. You should abstain from alcohol because it decreases fertility and can have negative consequences on the fetus. While studies regarding caffeine are mixed, it has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight in babies, so use caution. The best thing to drink is plenty of water.

Even if you are just thinking about having a baby, you should start paying special attention to your diet. The nutritional choices you make now will impact the health of you and your baby.