Have you decided to try to get pregnant? That is great; however, you should consider waiting a few months so that you can make a few adjustments to your lifestyle to give yourself and your new growing family the best possible chance. Read our article to learn about the vital changes that you need to make to your life before you get pregnant. You can also find out more at Mommy Authority.
Start Taking Prenatal Supplements
Most experts agree that you should start taking prenatal supplements for at least three months before you try to conceive. Most importantly, you should make sure that your supplement contains Folic Acid. When taken correctly, folic acid may help reduce the risk of spina bifida in unborn babies. You should also make sure that your supplement includes ingredients like Iodine, Iron, Vitamin D3, and Omega Fish Oil. It may also be a good idea to have your partner take a supplement to make sure that they are healthy and are able to produce good quality sperm. Supplements for men should contain a combination of the following ingredients. Ubiquinol, which helps protect sperm cells from damage, Coenzyme Q10 – to support sperm cell ‘energy’ and motility. Your partner’s supplement should also include Zinc, Selenium and Vitamin D.
Stop All Contraception
Before you actively start trying for a baby, you should stop taking your birth control. This will allow your body to return to its normal cycle. Once your periods are regular you will be able to track your fertility more efficiently. Because birth control prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation it does take your body quite a while to adjust to its natural rhythm. When you stop taking hormonal birth control your body starts producing follicles again, which eventually leads you to ovulate. Everybody is different; some may take a couple of weeks to ovulate, in others, it could take months. However, it generally takes two to three months to return to normal after stopping the pill.
Have A Discussion About Parenting
Raising kids is incredibly rewarding, however, it comes with a unique set of challenges. It is a really good idea to talk to your partner about how you plan on raising your children before you even get pregnant. Being on the same page about certain issues can ease a significant amount of pressure off your relationship. Some of the biggest issues related to parenting include how you plan to share childcare, whether or not you will be working or staying at home, and religious traditions.
Schedule A Preconception Check-Up
When you plan on having a new baby it can be a good idea to see your ob-gyn or midwife to get a good indication of your general health. Your healthcare practitioner will discuss your medical history, weight, habits and any medications you may be taking. You will probably also be sent for further tests to make sure that you are healthy. These examinations may include a pap smear, blood sugar screening, and blood pressure test. At this appointment, you will also receive valuable tips regarding the best diet for pregnancy, medications, and foods to avoid and gentle exercise.
Get Back To A Healthy Weight
Pregnancy can be very hard on your body; it is more difficult if you have a high body mass index (BMI). Putting more focus on your health will not only make it easier for your body to conceive a baby but you will also be able to handle the rigors of labor better and reduce recovery times. Include more fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins into your diet. You can also find a new form of exercise to help you get fit.
Limit The Coffee You Drink Each Day
While there is no consensus on exactly how much caffeinated beverages is safe during pregnancy, experts agree that pregnant women and those trying to conceive should avoid consuming them in large amounts. Excessive amounts of caffeine have been linked to a risk of miscarriage in some studies. Most experts agree that pregnant women should limit their caffeine consumption to 200 milligrams per day. This is equal to about the amount in one cup of coffee; however, it depends on the brew