It's best to stay calm and relaxed at this time, since stress makes it more difficult to conceive (and enjoy life). However, you may want to put some mental energy toward answering the following questions:
- Have you eliminated harmful behaviors like drinking, smoking and drug use? This is essential and should be addressed immediately.
- Once you conceive, who will you call? An obstetrician? Family practitioner? Nurse-midwife?
- How will you get the folic acid you need? You should start getting at least 400 micrograms (mcg) a day, as soon as possible, in order to dramatically reduce the risk of certain birth defects. While you can get it from food, pill form is the easiest way to know you're getting enough.
- Will you take birthing classes? Prenatal yoga or other exercise classes? Now is a fine time to find out what's available in your area so you don't find yourself rushing later on.
Finally, what you don't need to put much mental energy toward...