Getting pregnant guidelines
Ensuring ‘two becomes three’
Welcoming a new member in the family needs some pretty good efforts! There’s lot more into getting pregnant than just having fun-conjugal nights after a few bottles of wine. Need a thorough guideline, on getting pregnant, to be sure of the good news? Here you go!
Be ready to conceive – preparing yourself
As the first step towards getting pregnant, it is important to prepare yourself for the procedure ahead in every way.
As a couple, you should be ready to have the child.
Since the two will do the reproductive tango, here are certain things you must do together before getting pregnant.
A parenting talk is a must with your partner. Discuss your plans, expectations, priorities, etc., so that way down the line, both of you don’t start freaking out over varying opinion.
Visit the gynecologist for a pre-conception check-up. Past pregnancy cases and medical history of the would-be parents are required to assess the safety of childbirth and plan a safe conception.
Both you and your partner must stop smoking ahead in time. Otherwise –
- It increases the chances of miscarriage.
- Increases the cases SIDs or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
- Also, it causes an adverse effect on the health of the new born.
- Passive smoking is equally harmful to the child.
It’s the best time to go to the movies. Because once gestation exhaustion kicks in, it would be difficult to stay awake, sit in the same position for long hours, and frequently go out to pee. Moreover, during gestation period, you won’t get the scope for these; so enjoy ahead so that you don’t feel deprived later.
As a would-be mother, your body should be ready to be getting pregnant and having a baby.
Much like you, make sure your body is also prepared for the same. Here’s what you need to do.
Say no to drugs and alcohol
Alcohol and any drug use are dangerous for the fetus. These should be stopped well-ahead while planning on getting pregnant.
Limit your toxin exposure.
According to EWG test reports, around 287 toxic chemicals have been found in the umbilical cord blood of infants. Out of these around 208 are responsible for abnormalities and birth defects, 180 toxins cause cancer, 217 are toxic to the nervous system and brain. Hence, you must reduce your exposure to such chemicals before conceiving.
Reduce your caffeine intake
According to research, too much of caffeine intake increases the risk of miscarriage. So, limit your consumption if you are serious about getting pregnant.
Stop taking birth control pills
If you are taking pills, stop right now. Months before you start trying on getting pregnant, you must stop taking those pills so that your body can prepare for gestation. Moreover, it will help you to analyze your natural menstrual cycle. The hormone levels need some time to get back on track.
Revise your diet
Strike off all junk foods from your diet chart and replace those with healthy edibles. A healthy body is extremely important in getting pregnant.
Say no to those OTC pills in the cabinet
Medicines for allergies, cold, headache, constipation including herbal supplements are not safe when having a child. Because there are certain ingredients in these pills which can affect your fertility and baby-to-be. Make sure to consult with your doctor.
Keep your weight in check
For a healthy gestation, the would-be mother should also have a proper body weight. Underweight mothers have potential chances of fertility issues, low birth weight infant, anemic infant, or having preterm labor.
Alternatively, obesity can increase the risks of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, cesarean section and even oversize babies. So, get into a fitness program that you can continue during your gestation period.
Keep track of your menstrual cycle
Now, this is one of the most important things. Start counting your cycle from the 1st day of your period. For a 28 days menstrual cycle, your body becomes fertile usually 2 weeks before the next period. Keep note of the dates to assess the gaps.
So, that’s how you are initially going to prepare yourself for your baby-making procedure.