If you are reading this you are probably thinking about having a baby and want to get extra prepared before you start trying to get pregnant, right? Just because of women like you we have prepared a little guide to get your body into the best condition for conceiving and enjoying a happy, healthy pregnancy.
Make a pregnancy-friendly diet
You do not have to go on a special diet while you are trying to conceive, but it is important for you to eat a variety of different foods every single day to get a good balance of nutrients. Then when you do get pregnant, it will be the time to give your little one the best start with a healthy pregnancy diet.
Quit smoking for sure
We know it is not an easy task to quit smoking, but it can really affect egg quality and is one of main causes of low birth weight babies. It also brings the menopause forward and damages the ovaries. Men need to kick the habit too. Smoking affects sperm quality and quantity. It feels tough now, but when you will be holding your little ball of happiness, the whole struggle will be all worth it.
Check out for rubella
Immunity to rubella can wear off and it is harmful to unborn babies. That is why it makes sense to ask your doctor for a quick check of your status before you conceive. You can easily have another jab just to top you up.
Prescription medication and herbal medicines
If you take any medication or herbal remedies, the best way is to ask your doctor if they could affect your fertility or your baby’s development. As always, if you are taking prescribed medication, do not stop taking them without talking to your doctor first.
Cut the alcohol out of your diet
Excess alcohol is not great for sperm and egg quality. This means the Department of Health now recommend women avoid alcohol completely if they are trying to conceive or are pregnant. If men put away too much booze they are risking chromosomal damage, decreased motility and erectile dysfunction. Some is fine, but it is best your man does not go mad.
Avoid recreational drugs for sure
Of course, it is obvious, but we have to remind you that drugs are not a good idea for you and your upcoming baby. Drugs can seriously impact fertility, while studies have shown there is a high correlation between drugs and miscarriage, low birth-weight and premature babies. They can affect sperm quality too. So best give the lot a wide berth.
Track your ovulation cycle
Begin keeping a record of your monthly cycle and important dates with our ovulation calendar. You can then put these into our ovulation calculator to give you a good idea of when you are most fertile. This is the best time to get pregnant and when you should be having the most sex.
We are really hoping this list will help you and your partner to finally get the new happy member in your family. So best of luck.