YOU: Start taking a folic acid supplement
YOU & YOUR PARTNER: Stop smoking and cut back on or stop drinking alcohol (if you can’t stop cold turkey, see your doctor to make a plan to quit)
YOU & YOUR PARTNER: Schedule a preconception health visit with your primary care doctor or ob/gyn or midwife
YOU & YOUR PARTNER: Find ways to add more nutrition into your diet
YOU & YOUR PARTNER: Start or continue regular exercise — short but regular periods of movement are great!
YOU & YOUR PARTNER: Lower your stress — find a therapist who can help!
YOU & YOUR PARTNER: Learn about your health insurance coverage for prenatal care and birth (what’s covered vs. out-of-pocket costs); if you’re self-employed, look into a private disability policy
YOU & YOUR PARTNER: Talk to family members to learn about any relevant genetic history, including birth defects, miscarriages, and genetic disorders
YOU: Track your cycle and learn your most fertile times
YOU: Schedule a dentist appointment to keep your oral health in top shape going into pregnancy
YOU & YOUR PARTNER: Create a budget for prenatal care and baby’s first 6 months