Before you try getting Pregnant- here are 7 tips for you! – Emotional, Exhausting, Amazing these three words sums up the whole journey of getting Pregnant for some people out there.
If you’re planning to have a baby, you probably have wondered how long it will take to get pregnant, what to do when trying to get pregnant. Here’s everything you need know to plan your pregnancy. Welcome to your journey.
Want to have a baby eventually, not just right now? Don’t worry your dream will come true some day as a Mom. Here is how you can prepare for the moment that pregnancy test comes positive. There is plenty of things to prepare before you get conceived. If you have not prepared before getting the positive results on the pregnancy test then it will be too late to get your health, finances and relationships in order.
Here are a few tips which I know may help you and your partner prepare for a baby:
Eat a healthy & well balanced diet
The main nutrients our body needs are proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Avoid eating junk foods such as fried foods, biscuits, pastries, sugary food and drinks. Ask your partner to join you to make it easier.
What you eat can affect your chances of getting pregnant, but it doesn’t mean that eating some food won’t make you get pregnant.! 🙂 What we do know is that the best foods for getting pregnant are the same as those for general well-being: whole grains, healthy fats and proteins. Stock up on more nutritious foods like whole grain high fibre foods, fruits, vegetables, green leafy vegetables, lentils, beans, nuts and seeds.
Being too thin can make it harder to get pregnant, being too heavy can also cause problems. Reaching the ideal BMI of 18.5 to 24.5 and staying active also helps with fertility.
Exercise – stay active
As I said before being too heavy can also cause problems: It raises your chances of diabetes and high blood pressure and you don’t want that! Meet your doctor and discuss what is the healthy weight for you.
In the same time being active is also important. Pushing out a baby during delivery may last for several hours, which requires tremendous strength and endurance. Moderate walking, swimming for minimum 30 minutes at least five days a week.
Cut back on Caffeine
Some experts suggest you get no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day while you’re trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy. That’s about one 12-ounce cup of coffee or four 8-ounce cups of tea. If you can’t get going without your morning brew, just drink one and keep it small.
Take the right supplements
All women need to take folic acid tablets before getting pregnant to build up the level of folic acid in their body to give maximum protection to the baby against neural tube defects. It is almost impossible to get enough folic acid through our diet or food to give the most protection.
Most women should take 400mcg of folic acid every day for two months before trying for a baby and continue until you are 12 weeks pregnant. Talk to your doctor about any pre-existing conditions, any medications you are taking or previous pregnancy complications.
Give up smoking & alcohol intake
Among its other drawbacks, smoking and alcohol intake can make it harder for you to get pregnant. Which can raise the problems like premature birth, low birth weight, and miscarriage. When you decide it’s time to conceive, its better to give up theses bad habits. Healthy habits can help protect tomorrow’s baby from birth defects and other complications.
Understand the menstrual cycles
Your cycle starts on the first day of your period and continues up to the first day of your next period. At the same time, eggs begin to mature in the ovary. The lining of the womb thickens ready for fertilisation. During ovulation your cervical mucus becomes thinner and clearer to help the sperm reach the released egg. About 10 to 16 days(which may vary based on your cycle) before the start of your next period, an egg is released from one of the ovaries (ovulation). If sperm is present at the moment of ovulation, or some time during the next 24 hours, the egg may be fertilised. If the egg has not been fertilised, the egg is re-absorbed by the body, the hormone levels drop, and the womb lining is shed. This is the beginning of your next period.
If your menstrual cycle varies in length by a few days from one month to the next, that’s considered irregular and its common too. Many women don’t have regular cycles. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything is wrong. In that case its difficult to find out the exact time of ovulation.
Ovulation can be affected by a number of different things including stress and illness. If you’ve been trying for a baby for a while, it might be time to take a look at your job stresses, or workout routine.
Go off the pill or stop the birth control
Stop your birth control a couple of months before you plan to start trying to get pregnant. This gives you a bit of time to see what your natural menstrual cycle is, and you can figure out when you’re ovulating, the time of the month when you’re most fertile. If you’ve been taking the pill for a while, your cycle could be different from what it was before you started. It can take a while for hormone levels to get back on track after you go off the pill.
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Pregnancy is a beautiful journey and go ahead, enjoy your time of pregnancy. 🙂
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