You’ve decided to take the plunge into parenthood, but getting pregnant and being pregnant causes you anxiety and stress. Both emotions can be a hindrance to conceiving; you need to try to relax for the best chances of success and to have the best experience possible. For a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, you and your partner need to prepare for the time before being pregnant, the pregnancy itself, and once your newborn is delivered. Here’s how you should prepare your body for having a baby.
Schedule a Preconception Visit
You don’t need to select the doctor who’s going to deliver your baby just yet, but for some, trying to conceive can be a difficult and stressful time. There are many reasons why a person may not be able to fall pregnant, however, by visiting your practitioner, you can prepare and discuss the best ways possible, as well as have them review your personal and family medical history.
Check Medications and Vaccinations
Certain medications and supplements are unsafe during pregnancy; therefore, some may need to be switched before you try to conceive. Your practitioner can help you with any medication transitions, as well as discuss diet, weight and the impact any unhealthy habits, such as smoking and drinking, can have on your chances. While you’re there, also discuss any vaccinations you may have missed, as many preventable infections such as rubella can cause miscarriage or birth defects.
Stock Up on Supplements
You want to increase your chances of conception as much as possible; you also want to give birth to a vibrant and healthy baby by the end of your pregnancy. As soon as you decide to start trying, take a daily supplement of 400mcg of folic acid, as it have been proven to reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida. You should also take a daily supplement of vitamin D. All such supplements can be found at your local pharmacy.
Keep to a Healthy Weight
If you’re overweight (BMI over 25) or underweight (BMI of 18.5 or under), you may have a problem with getting pregnant; fertility treatments are also less likely to work. Therefore, you may need to exercise and lose a few pounds or gain some extra weight before you start trying. Having a healthy diet and taking moderate exercise is also advised throughout pregnancy, as it’s important to maintain a healthy weight and keep to a healthy, balanced diet. Before trying, you can measure your BMI with scales and an online BMI weight calculator.
Know When You Ovulate
Many women stop using birth control and let fate decide when they get pregnant, however, others are more calculated in their approach and chart their periods and symptoms to determine their most fertile days. There are many ovulation calculators you can use, as well as apps, however many people will purchase ovulation predictor kits which will measure the hormones found in your urine or the changes in chloride in your saliva. If you are going through a fertility treatment procedure such as home insemination, it’s good to keep this in mind.
Congratulations, You’re Pregnant!
Once you fall pregnant, you may think the hard part is over. This is further than the truth; in fact, you now have nine months of carrying and looking after not only yourself, but your baby too. Just as you were when trying to conceive, you need to be vigilant with your lifestyle and behaviors. Smoking and drinking is prohibited, and taking the right supplements is vital. Expect pregnancy to be trying at times, but remember that, at 11 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a Brussels sprout, and at 23 weeks, your baby’s sense of movement will have developed so he or she can feel you dance.
Becoming a parent is a large stepping stone for you and your partner to take; it is also one of life’s most meaningful experiences. When trying to fall pregnant, ensure you give yourself the best chance possible for a healthy baby boy or girl. Here’s how to get your body ready for a baby.