To prepare for your baby, you have to keep healthy! It's important to eat healthy and have a balanced diet. On top of that, if you want to become pregnant, you should avoid high levels of stress as there is a complex interplay between high stress levels and the menstrual cycle. Here are some things you can do to prepare for your impending pregnancy.

  1. Take folic acid
  2. Get vaccinated
  3. Avoid smoking
  4. Avoid alcohol
  5. Manage stress

Prepare for a healthy pregnancy by taking folic acid 3 months ahead

Folic Acid is something that all ladies should be taking if they are planning to conceive or are already pregnant in the first trimester.

How much folic acid should you take if preparing for pregnancy?

You should take 5mg of folic acid, 3 months before pregnancy continued until week 12 of pregnancy

Folic Acid is a type of vitamin B that is needed for

  • the formation of red blood cells and
  • the development of the baby's nervous system.
  • Preventing malformations in the baby, such as spina bifida.

Spina bifida is essentially a birth defect caused by incomplete closure of the spine which, depending on the severity can cause life-long medical deficits. Folic acid is highly recommended in ladies with a positive family history or previous child with spinal bifida.

Ref: N18