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Single Mom By Choice

Top things to consider when starting a family as a single mom.

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What can I do now while I’m considering becoming a mom?

Every patient can improve her chances of a successful, healthy pregnancy by improving her overall health. Two areas to focus on are stress management and nutrition.

1. Make nutritional changes 90 days before conception as it can impact the health of mom and baby. Improving your overall health will improve your fertility and chances for having a healthy pregnancy. The checklist below can serve as a guide.

  • Test for risk factors: hemoglobin A1c, vitamin D, blood pressure, cholesterol
  • Take prenatal vitamins (800 mcg of folic acid)
  • Drink water (not soda and minimize caffeine)
  • Eat a balanced diet that exemplifies the USDA’s balanced plate full of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean protein, heart healthy fats
  • Boost important vitamins and minerals:
    • calcium (dairy, leafy greens)
    • folic acid (citric fruit, fortified breads, lentils)
    • iron (spinach, beans)
    • omega-3 (low-mercury fish such as salmon)
  • Limit alcohol
  • Quit smoking
  • Lower caffeine intake to less than 150 mg per day, which is equivalent to two 8-oz. cups of coffee
  • Try to get to a healthy weight and BMI

2. Find a technique that works for you to manage stress, such as yoga, low impact exercise, or meditation. There are dozens of clinical studies noting the impact of stress on fertility with varying conclusions. Even though there is not a conclusive link between stress and infertility, there is no downside to managing stress – it can only positively affect your pregnancy and family life.

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