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There is nothing more frustrating then wanting something so badly and it not happening when you want it to. For some, getting pregnant happens right away and for others it takes some time. There are two scenarios:

Unplanned pregnancy: Unfortunately, many women are already two weeks pregnant by the time a missed period confirms it. However, by making early preparations you can give both yourself and your baby the very best chances of a successful pregnancy and health.

Planned pregnancy: If you want to become pregnant, or have been trying for some time, here are some tips that can help you prepare your body, mind, and soul for the journey of bringing life into the world.

Your practitioner will review your personal and family medical history, your present health, and any medications or supplements you’re taking. Certain medications and supplements are unsafe during pregnancy including some spicy foods. Under consistent guidance of the qualified doctor you should get routine health checks done regularly.

How to prepare your body for pregnancy

Getting pregnant

Before getting pregnant, think about whether there are any hereditary medical or family conditions that need to be considered.

Contraception

If you have been using any form of contraception you will obviously need to stop!

You are most likely to conceive if you have intercourse around 5 days before you ovulate. And many doctors advise having sex 2-3 times a week throughout your cycle to stand the best chance of conception.

Lifestyle changes

Both potential mums and dads should take extra care of their diet and lifestyle when they are considering having a baby.

If either or both of you smoke or drink, you should ideally cease altogether or at the very least cut down drastically.

Dietary changes

Improve your diet. It is important to build up a good store of vitamins and minerals before you get pregnant and during your pregnancy, both for the health and development of your baby and for breastfeeding.

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Body weight

Even if you are not yet pregnant, you still risk high blood pressure and diabetes if you are overweight. Lose excess weight carefully by following a calorie-controlled diet and exercising regularly, not by taking appetite suppressants.

Stress

Stress can be detrimental to both mother and baby as it can cause high blood pressure and even spontaneous labour in some cases.

Caffeine

Although there is lots of conflicting advice about how much caffeine is safe, it is generally believed that moderate consumption is fine. You may want to cut down if you drink a lot of coffee or other caffeine- rich drinks, especially in the early weeks.

Folic Acid/ Folate

Women are often advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid supplements from twelve weeks pre-pregnancy until twelve weeks into the pregnancy. Folic acid is also found in dark leafy green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli as well as oranges and enriched breakfast cereals and wholemeal bread.

Hazards at work

Unfortunately some working environments can lead to fertility problems or even pose a risk to the developing baby. Workplaces that may be a risk include those that work with some chemicals, X-rays, lead and anaesthetic gases.

Finally, if you think carefully about the new life you will be bringing into the world, and make the necessary changes to your lifestyle and diet, then at least you know you are giving your longed-for baby the very best chances of developing into a healthy human being.

And you can enjoy your pregnancy in the knowledge that you have done your very best.

Note: Abortion is crime against humanity and morality. Avoid it.

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Comments

  1. She was unplanned, so I jumped right in! I never smoked and hardly ever drink anyway, and was very active so my health wasn’t a worry. Financially, we were screwed. We were both poor and in college. I wasn’t working and he just had a retail job, but I’m a practical optimist. So we found an affordable apartment, applied for assistance (medical & food) until we could get better jobs and a better handle of that. It’s worked out pretty well for us. She’ll be 10 soon and we’re planning on getting a house in the next 3 years 🙂

  2. Doctor told us to hold off for two months — wife was on the pill. Maybe things have changed, it’s been 15 years, but only real answer is to ask your doctor.

  3. Had an annual physical with my OB, asked any questions I had about trying to get pregnant, started prenatals, checked if my current meds were ok for pregnancy and then we just went for it. If you haven’t already then start tracking your period to get a better idea of the most likely time to conceive. I had tracked my period for 2 years before trying and told myself I’d only move on to more detailed things like temping etc if it didn’t happen within 3 months. Maybe ask your OB how long to try before contacting them if you haven’t been successful.

  4. Neither of my kids were planned (I was on birth control, and I still got pregnant.) I already excercised, ate healthy, had a good stable job and I never drank, so besides smoking (which was honestly the hardest thing I had ever had to quit) I was in really good health and I’m now 35 weeks along and everything is great!

  5. My son was planned, so I had several months to get ready. This included getting a thorough check-up from my doc, taking prenatal vitamins, getting my diet in order (making healthier food choices), no booze, no OTC meds unless absolutely necessary, and educating myself as much as possible about pregnancy & delivery. I’m very much a “planner”, and doing research/having info makes me feel a lot less anxious about big changes.

  6. Have proper meals that have adequate vitamins and proteins and all thats required. You should also exercise regularly like yoga or walking. And most of all stay happy. My mom aways told my sister-in -law to stay as happy as possible and not to worry too much about any thing.

  7. Just be as healthy as you can… Detoxing and eating whole foods would be a good start. You can take clay baths, as well as having the mercury fillings removed to get rid of some of the heavy metals in your body… Folic acid in whole foods is better than supplements. Whole foods are better than anything else for detoxing. Drink a lot of water, and make sure you are at a good starting weight before becoming pregnant, too…exercise to get your muscles strong to help you carry the baby well is also recommended.

  8. Julia Rhodes says:

    Based on experience I would say our girls should start taking a prenatal vitamin for starters for the folic acid. This will help with the development of the baby’s brain. Also there is a muscle you can exercise, but about 3-4 months before giving birth. It is call your Kegel Muscle. When you urinate and you stop your urine in mid-stream then the muscle that stops the urine is your Kegel Muscle. To exercise it act like you are stopping urine…this will flex that muscle and will make it stronger. A friend of mine just had a baby and this is what they told her to do. You need to try and do at least 100 of the flexes each day. You can even do these while sitting and watching tv, or standing in line, no one will even know you are doing them.

  9. When pregnant your body will take care of its self by producing relaxin. This is to loosen your hips and so forth to that you will be limber enough to have that baby! It is really fun stuff as it goes to your whole body. Making it quite entertaining for everyone around you… I was dropping everything! I would be holding my spoon and suddenly it was on the floor LOL. Yes relaxin is great and it really does the job. You can do stretches specifically for pregnant woman as well to stay fit and help with minor aches.

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