While many people think that pregnancy begins at the moment you do a pregnancy test, preparing for a pregnancy can actually begin months before you even attempt to conceive!
Many prospective parents can take it for granted that they will be able to conceive naturally and fairly quickly but the idea of preparing for a pregnancy is a relatively new idea that is wholly worth taking note of and putting into action.
The idea of preparing for a pregnancy means ensuring you give your body the best start possible to get ready for the additional strains a pregnancy can place on it. Preconception preparation involves paying more attention to your diet, environment and general lifestyle in addition to that of your partner and can also substantially reduce problems and issues in early pregnancy such as miscarriage. In fine tuning your diet and lifestyle you’re also creating an altogether more healthier life and start for your baby as you will also feel much better during your pregnancy.
Why Should I Prepare?
If you have experienced any difficulties at all in conceiving, you would do well to follow some preparatory steps to reduce the likelihood of certain aspects interfering with possible conception.
Having experienced miscarriage(s), stillbirth, personal history of birth defects, being over 40 years of age may make it more important to adequately prepare for a pregnancy.
Did you know that sperm are actually 4 months in the making? Bearing this in mind, preparation can’t start too early!
How Can I Prepare?
Giving up smoking, cutting down on alcohol and generally being a little easier on your body are fairly obvious areas to consider when thinking about conceiving. The lesser known tips include the following:
- Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine, along with nicotine, alcohol and recreational drugs are all harmful to sperm and eggs
- Think about your weight. Is your body already under strain? If you need to lose some weight, put a sensible plan into place to achieve a target weight before attempting to conceive.
- Change your diet. Eat more healthily wherever possible. Cut down on junk food and eat some power foods. Get into good habits you can then bring your child up on.
- Think about taking pregnancy supplements including folic acid.
- Get familiar with your menstrual cycle. Knowing when your period of ovulation is each month can help you prepare for most likely conception.
- Review any medications you may be on. Perhaps some are not advisable to take during pregnancy so you may need to plan alternatives or cut down on some.
There’s further advice for those interested in choosing their baby’s sex! If you want a baby girl there’s even more specific tips on doing your best to make this happen. While many believe that it’s not entirely possible to choose the sex of your baby there is advice available on getting the optimum circumstances to stand the best chance of having a baby girl or boy and even if it’s not 100% accurate, there’s certainly a lot of fun to be had in trying!