pregnancy testYou've deliberated long and hard with your spouse and it's time: You're ready to start a family! Time to make the baby. Whee! For most people this is the easy part, right? Just stop using birth control and just -- well, you know what to do. BUT WAIT! Don't throw those birth control pills away quite yet.
There's a few things every couple should do before they try to conceive. (Or, for that matter, if you're sexually active -- Tequlia Sue and Fertile Myrtle.) You'll want to make sure you're in good health before you start that baby making. Here's a few things you should put on your to-do list.
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1. Take folic acid. If you're not already taking this supplement, start taking 400 micrograms now and keep taking it through your pregnancy. It can help prevent a certain kinds of birth defects. You can get folate from green leafy vegetables and enriched grains, too.
2. Get a full preconception checkup. Tell your doctorRead More »from 6 Things You Should Do Now Before You Get Pregnant