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Prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy

woman visiting doctor Have you decided you’re ready to have a baby? A preconception visit can be helpful for women who are getting ready for pregnancy. At your appointment, your health care provider will ask about your medical history and may perform a physical exam, pelvic exam and blood and urine tests to check your overall health. If you’re having fertility issues, you may want to discuss next steps and treatment options.

Getting your body ready for pregnancy is a great way to set yourself up for the healthiest pregnancy possible for you.

  • Make sure you’re getting the right nutrition, are at a healthy weight, getting exercise and taking prenatal vitamins.
  • Check with your provider about the safety of any medications you take.
  • Talk to your provider about other lifestyle changes you can make (eating healthier, quitting smoking, walking more, etc.) to promote fertility and boost your chances for a smooth pregnancy.
  • If you will be pregnant during flu season (November–March), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting a flu shot, which is considered to be safe during pregnancy.