Preconception Tips


What To Do When you Want to Start Trying

If you have decided the time is right to have a baby, congratulations! This is an exciting time however there are a few things that can help you conceive and have a healthier pregnancy. 

Schedule a preconception visit: If you do not have an OBGYN this is a good time to establish care. 

Prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are most effective if taken for at least one month prior to conception. The goal here is to build up enough of the good nutrients and have them ready right away for your baby. For the average woman, a good prenatal vitamin is one that contains folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D and fatty acids such as DHA and Omega 3. 



Avoid unhealthy habits: Having a baby is a great reason to start leading a healthier lifestyle.

Optimize your health: A healthy mama helps make healthy baby. If you have any medical conditions it is important to have them well controlled prior to trying to conceive. 


Track your menstrual cycle: The average menstrual cycle is 28 days however anything from 24-35 days is considered within the normal range. The first day of menses is day 1 of a new cycle. Ovulation typically occurs on day 14 of a 28 days cycle or 2 weeks before the next menses begins. 

Dr. Gottschalk Dr. Kathryn Gottschalk OBGYN

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