The first few weeks of pregnancy are critical to fetal development, so early prenatal care is important for having a healthy baby. The sooner you know you’re pregnant, the sooner you can begin making healthy choices about diet and nutrition, and limit your exposure to hazards.
Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine and a FIRST RESPONSE® spokesperson, offers her tips to help women who are trying to conceive have a healthy road to pregnancy.
· Behave Like You’re Already Pregnant. If you’re trying to get pregnant, start conditioning your body and changing any unhealthy lifestyle habits before you conceive. Use this time as motivation to eliminate unhealthy habits from your lifestyle such as alcohol consumption, smoking and any illegal drugs. Ample preparation will make the transition to expectant mom smoother.
· Know Your Body! The best time to start tracking your cycle is before you start trying to conceive. To help identify the 24-36 hours when you are most likely to conceive, use an ovulation test, like the FIRST RESPONSE® Unmistakable Yes/No Digital Ovulation Test. When directions for use are carefully followed, tests like these can help you get pregnant sooner.