Getting pregnant is not as easy as apprehended. Many women fail to conceive even after repeated attempts. The problem may be a small health issue or an unhealthy lifestyle practice that went unnoticed. Thus, to enjoy a safe and healthy pregnancy, one should understand their body well before trying to conceive. Mentioned below are some useful tips that will help prepare you for pregnancy better.
Consult a Doctor
Make sure you consult a doctor before trying to conceive. Medical conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), Thyroid, Diabetes, Asthma, to name a few, can trigger complications during pregnancy. Discuss your and your partner’s health condition (past or present) at length with the doctor. Don’t shy away from sharing the minutest of details. Timely medical assistance will go a long way to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Women above 30 years of age trying to conceive should also consult a doctor at the earliest.
Know your menstrual cycle well
Various studies suggest that a woman is most fertile at the time of ovulation. Ovulation, in simple words, is the release of an egg from the ovary. The release of the egg usually takes place 12-16 days before the start of the next menstrual cycle. If pregnancy is on your mind, have sex when you near the ovulation date (~1-2 days before). A Menstrual Calendar or an Ovulation Tracker will make things easier.
Consult a specialist if you or your partner experience any problem or difficulties during intercourse.
A big No to obesity
Obesity (BMI 30 or more) can affect pregnancy in ways beyond imagination. In some women, obesity triggers a dip in the number of eggs released from the ovary. In extreme cases, obesity can also result in Anovulation (a condition whereby the release of eggs from the ovary doesn’t take place). Even during pregnancy, obesity can give rise to unwanted complications including miscarriage, gestational diabetes, stillbirths.
One of the vital steps to prepare pre-pregnancy is to maintain a healthy body weight.
If you want to get pregnant, pay utmost attention to your diet and lifestyle practices. Consume fertility boosting foods such as green leafy vegetables, complex carbohydrates, potatoes, berries, salmon, whole dairy products, beans, low carb foods, olive oil.
Avoid foods high in sugar content and trans fats, peas, simple carbohydrates, cheese (prepared using unpasteurized milk), aerated drinks and beverages. Fish that are high in mercury content are best left avoided. It may not be a wise option to include half boiled or raw eggs into the diet.
Smoking and drinking can harm the body both before and during pregnancy. Quit smoking and drinking if you want to enjoy a healthy pregnancy sans any complications.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety will jeopardize your chances of getting pregnant. The higher the stress level, the lower the chances of conceiving. Severe stress can disturb the hormonal balance. It can also result in low libido which is not healthy for your sexual life. Meditation, yoga, breathing practices, music therapy, go a long way to de-stress and soothe a person. A short vacation with your partner is the best way to unwind. It will also give your sexual life a much-needed boost.
Have a healthy and open discussion with your partner before you take the plunge. A lot of factors including the finance and responsibilities change when you get pregnant.
To prepare pre-pregnancy, you don’t need to do big things. The idea is to bring small but healthy changes in your and your partner’s life. It is only a matter of time before things will fall into place.