Trying for a baby is more than the act of conception which leads to pregnancy. It’s about making positive changes in your life so that you are in tip top form to carry a baby. It’s also vital to make changes in your life such as sorting out your budget, loosing any excess weight that you may be carrying and trying to eliminate any major sources of stress and worry from your life.
Getting healthier will improve your chances of conception
Given that your unborn baby will receive everything that you put into your body, it’s essential to completely stop smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs including certain prescription medication. Statistics show that babies born to mothers that smoke throughout pregnancy will be of a smaller birth weight and may have other health problems. Second hand smoke is also dangerous because you are still breathing in many different harmful chemicals so it’s sensible to avoid spending excessive time with smokers.
If you’re serious about getting pregnant then you really need to visit your doctor to discuss any medication that you may be taking and find out whether you should stop taking it while you’re trying to conceive. During this same visit, ask your doctor to carry out some routine checks on your blood and urine to make sure that you are in the best of health before you conceive. Tests like these will alert your general physician to any vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems or anaemia and you can put this right before trying to get pregnant.
Eating and drinking
If you’re the type of person that likes to have a drink in the evening to unwind, its best to try and break this unhealthy habit and replace alcohol for fruit juice or plain water instead. If your partner or husband regularly drinks alcohol then he should also try and cut down on his alcohol consumption while he is trying to get you pregnant as excessive alcohol can sometimes affect fertility.
Being vastly overweight is not the best condition to be in to have a baby so try and cut down on fatty food and decrease the amount of calories that you are eating each day. You can do this with a minimum amount of effort by simply eliminating fried food, butter and other unhealthy foods such as chocolate, chips, pizza, burgers, doughnuts etc. Make a journal and write down every single thing that you eat during the day and this will help you to realize where you can make positive changes. For example, perhaps you generally have a cookie or two with your morning cup of coffee; you can swap this for a healthier snack such as a fruit smoothie and a banana.
Every woman who is trying to conceive should take a multivitamin alongside 400 micrograms of folic acid. Medical experts have found that the B vitamin folic acid contains everything that a woman’s body needs for a baby to develop and grow healthily. Don’t assume that just because you’re taking vitamins that you can eat junk food as this is not the case. You should still be eating several portions of fruit and vegetables each day as well as consuming whole grains and healthy fats.
Avoiding certain conditions and diseases
Finding out about any potential dangers to an unborn baby is crucial and is definitely one of the more important things you should do before trying to get pregnant. Avoid any person who is suffering from conditions such as German measles as this can be harmful to the fetus if you catch the disease. Indeed, where possible you should keep away from anyone who is suffering from anything that is infectious such as influenza. It’s your duty to stay healthy while you are trying to get pregnant so if you find out that a friend of yours is ill, then send them a get well card and keep your distance until they have fully recovered.
Small domestic pet rodents such as hamsters and guinea pigs can carry a virus that is harmful to unborn babies so this is another thing that you need to be aware of when you’re pregnant or even trying to get pregnant. If you usually have regular contact with a cat it’s paramount that you don’t change the litter box or handle any cat faeces as this can cause a very dangerous condition called toxoplasmosis which can harm your baby and make you feel very unwell.
Learn to chill out
These days many young women have successful careers and they combine this with running a household and having a busy social life. In order to maximize your chances of a healthy conception you really must try and avoid stressful situations and aim to get your work-life balance more even. Nobody likes to let people down but you have to put your mental and physical well being first when trying to get pregnant.
It’s important to reward yourself, especially if you have stopped smoking and given up alcohol so rather than going around the bars and clubs with your friends, book a spa day for yourself and some friends and enjoy a day of pampering and relaxation. These sorts of activities are excellent for boosting your endorphins and making you feel happier and healthier. If you honestly feel that you are doing too much either in the work place or at home, then make a conscious effort to take a step back.
Sorting out your finances
Bringing a child into the world when you are desperately short of money is not a good plan. One of the most essential things you should do before trying to get pregnant is to sit down with your partner and look at your household budget. The likelihood is that you are probably in debt so if possible you need to try and pay back any money that you owe on credit cards or loans so that will then have ample money in your budget to cover the expense of a new baby. Don’t go into this with your eyes shut because babies are expensive. You will be paying for them until they leave home so with this in mind, you should reconsider trying for a baby if your finances are not sorted.