Conception or having a baby or is such a life changing affair and it comes with responsibilities as well as decision making. Now that you are trying to have a baby, this is the best time to consciously make lifestyle changes that will improve your health and ultimately that of the unborn baby.
If you are clueless as to how to make these preparations, then you are off to a good start with these tips:
Three months before your proposed conception, have yourself properly checked out. Your gynecological as well as medical history is a very important factor in planning healthy pregnancies. Your baby’s health will be influenced by genetic factors that have roots in your family tree, so put this into consideration.
Now is the time to become careful of medications you take. All those drugs for allergies, heartburns and ulcers can potentially jeopardize your fertility. Consult a doctor on what medication to take henceforth and what not to .If you have a chronic health condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, your doctor can have them carefully managed with the right medication.
Limit your exposure to harmful chemicals as well as unsafe and hazardous environments. Minimize your level of stress and undue pressure at work .Establish good stress relief outlets.
Vitamins and vegetables are your new best friend. Indulge in foods that are rich in iron and calcium, and take multivitamin supplements, especially folic acid, zinc and vitamin C. Eat a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables every day and cut down on the unhealthy-fat intake. Cut off the caffeine too.
Lose the weight and get fit. Yes, obesity can jeopardize your chances of conception. Tone down your body mass as much as you can and then maintain a diet of not more than 2000 calories per day. Don’t overdo the weight loss thing though, as being underweight or anemic can mar your chances too. Exercise regularly and have a fitness routine.
Quit the smoking and alcohol consumption. Women who smoke and drink have a higher chance of infertility than women who don’t. And even when they conceive, they also stand a risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and pre-mature delivery. For men, alcohol and marijuana can cause low sperm counts, decrease sperm density and normalcy
Discontinue any and all forms of birth control. You are likely to get pregnant immediately, once you’ve stopped all forms of contraception.
Track your cycle, especially if you’ve been on birth control. Take stock of when you’re most fertile as this will help you get pregnant faster. It is pretty easy and you can start by recording when your period starts and ends to see how the length of your cycle changes from month to month. There are many apps to help you with tracking this as well.
At this point, it’s a prerogative to have sex often and enjoy it. Be sweet, spontaneous, sexy and passionate. After all, sex is what will get you pregnant ideally, so do it limitlessly but not as a chore. Go ahead now and have frequent unprotected sex throughout your pre-conception period.
Other helpful tips:
• Get a lot of good Sleep
• Read and research on conception and pregnancy
• Give your immune system an extra boost
• Check the labels before you eat them
• Have your finances in place. The goal is to get pregnant in the end, so you need to be sure that you have financial coverage for your newborn.