You're finally ready to have a baby. This is going to be such an exciting time for both of you as a couple. Although you may be emotionally (and financially) ready to have one, it is equally important that you prepare your body for the journey ahead. Preparation for the baby should start even before you try to conceive. So, where do you begin?
Visit Your Doctor
Get yourself a full checkup. This is necessary especially if you have existing medical conditions like diabetes or heart problems. If you are taking any prescription medicines, your doctor will tell you if there is a need to alter the dosage. While there, your doctor will most likely have your breasts and your blood pressure levels checked. A pap smear (if you have not't gotten one yet) is routinary to check for infections and abnormal cells. Just remember that the healthier you are, the higher your chances are at getting pregnant.
Stop Birth Control
If you intend to have a baby soon then stop taking the pill or any forms of birth control methods. Some women can get pregnant as soon as it's stopped while some take longer than that. Once you have your normal cycle back you can go to your doctor and talk to her (or him) about how to track your ovulation period.
Get Your Daily Dose of Folate (Folic Acid)
It is ideal that women take folate at least three (3) months before conceiving. There are studies showing that those who get at least 400 micrograms of folate daily prior to conception can reduce the risk of babies being born with neural defect such as spina bifida.
Aside from taking folate supplements, folic acid can also be found in green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli and fruits such as oranges, berries and grapefruit.
Check Your Lifestyle
There are things that you should start and stop doing once you decide to conceive. Look at your diet. Eating right means your body will have enough vitamins and minerals necessary throughout your journey. Go for healthy fruit snacks instead of getting a bag of your favorite chips and ensure that you have a well-balanced meal each time. Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda.
Stop your vices. Smoking can reduce fertility and your chances of getting pregnant. It's even unhealthier if you smoke during pregnancy because you will have a greater risk of miscarriage. Seek help if needed.
Start an exercise regimen if you have not't yet. Fertility is affected if you are overweight or underweight because it can result to ovulation problems. It's not just about losing weight. Exercise improves blood circulation and it can help alleviate stress. Following this regimen throughout pregnancy can also help battle the famous pregnancy side effect --morning sickness. Get enough exercise. Too much can also affect fertility. Talk to your doctor about the best exercise that will work for you. After all, you will need all the energy and stamina in order to carry the extra weight once you get pregnant.
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