My husband and I are ready to start our family. How can I increase my chances for a healthy pregnancy? Page Content“You and your partner should take an active role in getting you in the best shape possible and to help reduce the risk of a complicated pregnancy,” says OB/GYN specialist Dr. Holli Smith, who lists five key areas to focus on.Dr. Smith’s prenatal checklist Medical. See your obstetrician to check for unhealthy medical conditions, such as hypertension or diabetes, needing to be brought under control before conception. Lifestyle. Quit unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking or overindulging in alcohol. Nutrition. Get your partner on board to support your food choices for maintaining a healthy diet. Vitamins. Some studies suggest that multivitamin supplements with folic acid can help reduce the risk of certain birth defects. Ask your doctor for advice. Exercise. Exercise regularly, but check with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen. Sleep. Getting adequate sleep is important to your overall health. “Appropriate medical care combined with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition can help you toward a healthier pregnancy,” concludes Dr. Smith, who is accepting new patients at Kelsey-Seybold’s Clear Lake Clinic and Pasadena Clinic.