October 9, 2016

You already know the biology involved in conceiving a baby. However, many women (and men) don’t really know how to prepare their bodies for pregnancy. If your body is well-prepared for conception, it will boost your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.

So if you are planning to expand your family, here are a few things that you should know:

1. Consult Your Doctor

In all probability, you are taking contraceptive pills to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Now that you are ready to conceive, your first step would be to discontinue the pill. However, refrain from doing so unless you consult your doctor. Once you stop taking contraceptive pills, it will affect your menstrual cycle, which, in turn, will have an effect on your fertility. So you need to be monitored to figure out the effects of going off the pill.

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2. Have Medical Tests

You could have health issues that you may be unaware of, and these conditions could hinder your chances of getting pregnant. So it is best to get certain medical tests done so that you can find out if something is affecting your chances of getting pregnant. Your doctor may recommend having a thyroid test to ascertain the thyroid hormone levels.

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3. Eat Healthily and Be Active

Make sure you are consuming a balanced diet so that your body gets the nutrients it requires to take the rigours of pregnancy. Eating a nutritious diet will boost your chances of getting pregnant and ensure your pregnancy goes off without a hitch. In addition, you need to also workout so that you lose excess fat and maintain healthy body weight. If you perform moderate exercise before and during your pregnancy, you will benefit immensely from it.

Also, you and your partner should quit smoking and drinking alcohol and caffeine. These can have an impact on your fertility. As a woman, you should start this before you get pregnant so that you don’t find it tough to make the necessary changes to your lifestyle after getting pregnant.

4. Begin Taking Health Supplements

Consult your doctor and begin taking health supplements to compensate for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Remember folic acid is a must. It prevents neural tube defects in the baby. You should be looking to take supplements even if you maintain a healthy diet. However, speak to your physician before you take anything.

5. Keep a Track of Your Ovulation

The chances of conceiving are the highest during ovulation. Hence, if you want to start a family, you should know when you ovulate. There are different methods of tracking ovulation. The easiest is purchasing an ovulation kit off the Internet. It is best to educate yourself on ovulation tracking methods and use one that you feel comfortable with. This way, you will not waste an opportunity when you are the most fertile.

Courtesy: womansday.com

Courtesy: womansday.com

6. Reduce Your Stress Levels

Stress can have a profound effect on your fertility. So learn to de-stress and avoid getting worked up. If you work in a high-stress environment, it is time to change jobs. Alternatively, you can speak to your boss and cut back on your responsibilities. You can try meditation and breathing techniques to relax and de-stress.

Some women get pregnant in the first attempt while others may have to wait for months to conceive. Remember that you should not get upset if things don’t happen as fast as you anticipated. If after trying for several months, you still don’t conceive, you and your partner should consult a fertility specialist.

Namaha Healthcare takes pride in helping you realise your dream of starting a family. They have a state-of-the-art fertility and obstetrics departments where you will receive compassionate care and enjoy access to the latest medical treatments and protocols.

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