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Getting Pregnant Checklist

With doctors, finances and everything else, there's so much to think about! Here's what you need to do when TTC to prepare for pregnancy and a baby.

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Getting pregnant
[  ] Kick the pill (or any type of birth control)
[  ] Figure out when you’re ovulating
[  ] Learn to record cervicalmucus texture
[  ] Read up on conception and ovulation basics
[  ] Potential daddies -- stayout of Jacuzzis
[  ] Consider charting basal body temperature
[  ] Potential daddies -- trade in the briefs for boxers
[  ] Think about an ovulation predictor kit
[  ] Have sex!
[  ] Lose the lube
[  ] Find the right position
[  ] Spice it up in the bedroom

Diet & fitness
[  ] Work on getting any weight problems under control
[  ] If either of you smoke,quit
[  ] Get on prenatal vitamins
[  ] Balance out your diet
[  ] Get moving
[  ] Start weaning yourself off alcohol
[  ] Begin limiting the lattes
[  ] Scale back on extreme exercise
[  ] Decrease your stress
[  ] Get plenty of sleep
[  ] Potential daddies -- avoid cottonseed oils

Doctors, tests & checkups
[  ] Interview OB/GYNS
[  ] Schedule a preconception checkup
[  ] Make a list of preconception checkup questions
[  ] Discuss your (and your partner’s) medical history with the doc
[  ] Get immunized
[  ] Visit the dentist
[  ] Talk to your doc about genetic testing

Money & Home
[  ] Talk it out -- make sure you and your partner are on the same baby-making page
[  ] Check your home for harsh chemicals and asbestos
[  ] Check out your health insurance
[  ] If you’re self-employed,apply for private disability
[  ] Plan a baby budget

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