Tips For Want-To-Be-Moms

It’s true: You can never fully prepare for parenthood. What you can do, though, is give your baby the best possible start by preparing your body.

Get Fit

Before becoming pregnant, strive for and maintain your ideal weight. This will reduce your risk of complications during pregnancy. If you have a medical condition like high blood pressure or diabetes, make sure it’s under control.

If you don’t already engage in physical activity a few days a week, start before you get pregnant. A brisk walk or a spin on a bike—indoors or out—are two easy options. Also consider yoga or Pilates, which deliver the combined benefits of stretching and strength training.

Eat Right

Like exercise, a good diet can help you maintain your best weight. Choose a variety of nutritious foods including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and protein. 

Also, the March of Dimes recommends taking a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid before and during early pregnancy. Folic acid can help reduce the risk of certain birth defects.

Live Well

Limit your caffeine intake and give up alcohol and cigarette smoking. Also, do everything you can to reduce stress. See your doctor for a pre-pregnancy checkup, too. If you’re taking any herbal supplements, vitamins or medications, ask your doctor which are safe during pregnancy.

Talk to your partner about the emotional aspects of becoming parents. Chat with friends who have children or—better still—offer to babysit. Having a baby is life-changing, so do your part to prepare as much as possible for everything the future holds.

Guidance Before, During and After Pregnancy

GMC's Gwinnett Women's Pavilion has classes to help you navigate any stage of pregnancy. Call 678-312-5000 to register or learn more about our classes, or visit


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