You鈥檝e been thinking about getting pregnant for a while now, and you鈥檝e decided that this could be the year that brings a big change to your family. Getting there means making some serious lifestyle changes 鈥 now. So, mama-to-be, get a fresh start in 2018 with the best new year, new baby resolutions for you to make!

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1. Hit the gym. You don鈥檛 need to whittle down to a size 0 before getting a baby bump, but making the gym (or, at the very least, a few circuits around the block) a staple right now helps to keep you healthy. The healthier you are, the better when it comes to just about everything 鈥 including pregnancy. Along with going into pregnancy as a healthier you, being physically fit will serve you well when it comes down to your L&D day.

2. Get some sleep. It鈥檚 tempting to work, work, and work some more before getting pregnant. After all, you鈥檇 rather get in as much paid time as possible right now, then get in mom time later on. But that doesn鈥檛 mean you should squeeze in all-night email sessions or burn yourself out in the pre-pregnancy days. You鈥檒l have sleepless nights galore when the baby is here (and that鈥檚 not even mentioning the third trimester zzz鈥檚 you鈥檒l miss out on when baby is spending the nights bouncing on your bladder).

3. Stop searching scary stuff. You鈥檝e been tethered to your cell, Googling everything from, 鈥淲hat will happen to my baby if I accidentally drink a glass of wine before I know I鈥檓 pregnant?鈥 to, 鈥淒o all pregnant women get huge hemorrhoids?鈥 Yes it鈥檚 tempting to search for every possible terrifying, weird, or anxiety-producing thing that may happen before, during, or after pregnancy. But you don鈥檛 need to stress yourself out any more than necessary. Get the facts, but skip the scary stuff. Better yet, ask your actual doctor instead of Dr. Google.

4. Eat right, right now. You鈥檝e tried going paleo, and you鈥檝e tried cutting carbs. You鈥檝e gone raw and vegan and even tried eating nothing but cabbage. Now is not the time to jump on a fad or start a diet. The goal of your pre-preggo nutrition resolution should focus on balance and healthy eating. Talk to your doc to get the lowdown on what you need as your body gets ready for a baby. Stay away from anything that seems extreme and embrace a full range of nutrient-rich goodies.

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5. Visit the doctor. Yeah, yeah. You make those annual GYN appointments鈥 sometimes. Resolve to make your healthcare a priority. Get in the habit of making 鈥 and keeping 鈥 regular doctor鈥檚 visits. Heck, add in a dentist visit too. The state of your teeth and gums is surprisingly key when it comes to a healthy pregnancy.

6. Commit to less baby-making and more romance. The baby-making hamster wheel can become treacherous for your relationship鈥檚 future. TTC isn鈥檛 always easy, and that鈥檚 okay 鈥 you have a partner to lean on. Getting completely caught up in ovulation sex or IVF schedules takes the fun out of trying to get pregnant and can put unnecessary strain on your relationship. Unless your doc has already raised the red flag, relax and let nature take its course.

7. Pamper and de-stress yourself. In nine short months, you鈥檒l have an entirely new human being to take care of. But right now you have time to take care of your own needs. Put pampering on your priority list and make time for self-care. Schedule a weekly massage, get a mani-pedi, or do anything else to treat yourself. These activities may seem small, but they鈥檒l give you the chance to shrug some of the stress off and feel like a more relaxed version of you.

8. Spend time with friends. You text your BFF a zillion times a day. But between work, your S.O., and everything and everyone else in your life, those weekly girls鈥 nights out have turned into monthly events. When pregnancy nixes your Monday margarita nights and caring for a newborn takes over your life, you鈥檒l miss the time spent with your besties. You don鈥檛 need to lose your nearest and dearests just because you鈥檙e becoming a mom, and now is the time to resolve that you鈥檒l never let this happen. Sometimes friendships take work to sustain, and that鈥檚 okay. You can totally keep your friendships going 鈥 even in the face of pregnancy and parenting.

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