So you have decide it’s TIME. Time to begin the journey of starting a family, that is. But where oh where do you even begin? Here is a list of 10 things you can do before “Trying To Conceive” that can increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
1. Discuss having a baby with your partner.
Make sure both of you are ready. Well, as ready and prepared as you can be. Talk about how a pregnancy will impact your life financially, physically, and emotionally. Do you have medical insurance? If not, make sure you contact your doctor and/or local health department for additional information on your options. Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood can be amazing experiences but can also be stressful at times. Having a child changes your life forever. Are you and your partner ready for this responsiblity?
2. Make an appointment with your doctor.
You will be able to discuss your current pregnancy prevention methods, your overall health status, and your menstrual cycle. This will ensure you are as healthy as you can be at the time of conception.
3. Make sure you are getting enough folic acid
Take a multivitamin (or prenatal vitamin) that includes 400 milligrams of folic acid. Taking folic acid prior to and during pregnancy helps prevent birth defects.
4. Stop the use of cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs. All have potential to harm your unborn baby. Increasing your risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight, and preterm labor. Also reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake. Intake of high amounts of caffeine have been linked to miscarriage. If you do tend to drink alot of caffeinated beverages make sure to decrease the amount slowly. Otherwise you will be left with one heck of a headache.
5. Eat a healthy well balance diet and try to be at or close to your ideal weight.
Being under or over weight can effect your ability to conceive. While pregnant you need to eat a well balanced diet in order to provide your baby the vital nutrients he/she needs to develop.
6. Stop Using Birth Control.
When you and your partner are ready, stop using birth control. If you are using hormonal birth control methods, some providers will advice you to wait 1 to 2 cycles prior to trying to conceive. Again contact your doctor for their advice.
7. Make sure to keep careful track of your periods.
Keep in mind or write down the first day of your menstrual cycle. If you become pregnant, this is the date your provider will use to determine your due date.
8. Try to stay as stress free as possible.
Even excessive everyday stress can takes it toll on your body and affect your ability to conceive. If you have an issues with anxiety and/or depression make sure you discuss them with your doctor. Sometimes these issues can show their ugly heads or increase during pregnancy and/or postpartum. There are options so don’t despair. Try to relax and HAVE FUN!!!
9. Contact you doctor as soon as you see that super exciting POSITIVE pregnancy test.
10. Last but certainly not least, remember getting pregnant can take time.
It certainly can happen on the first try, but for many couples that is just not the case. Here are a few pregnancy statistics to ease your mind:
25% of couples get pregnant on their first attempt at trying to conceive
60% within the first 6 months
75% within the first 9 months
90% within the first year
But if you have been trying for a year or more make sure to contact your doctor. They can look into things further and make sure that everything is okay.