It is important to be as healthy as you can when planning on getting pregnant. Being a healthy weight and healthy in general increases your chances of fertility. Are you a healthy weight? Do you exercise regularly? Do you take the necessary vitamins?
You can make an appointment with your doctor to have a pre-conception check-up. Your doctor may be able to identify some areas that can be improved. Your doctor could advise you to lose a little weight or he or she may give you some ideas to reduce your stress levels, all the information the doctor gives you will be a step towards your pregnancy body. If you have any previous medical conditions that may affect any chances of conceiving your doctor will be able to advise you accordingly.
Say NO to Unhealthy habits
Saying goodbye to bad habits will not only increases your chances of getting pregnant but also helps to ensure that your baby is healthy which means less risk or a premature baby.
Eat a well-balanced diet
Weight plays a huge impact on fertility. Being overweight can cause the body to produce too much estrogen which affects reproductive system, being underweight strongly affects your fertility too and may stop you from ovulating at all. It is important to eat a healthy well balanced diet especially if you are overweight. Being overweight means that you could not only face fertility issues but there is an increased risk of experiencing a miscarriage, having a preterm birth, stillbirth, preeclampsia, and your baby having birth defects.
Take the right supplementsStart taking the correct prenatal vitamins at least 1 months before you start trying to conceive, and continue taking the vitamins throughout your pregnancy. They should contain at least 400 mcg of folic acid to reduce the risks of neural tube defects.
Many people forget that pushing out a baby takes stamina, strength and endurance. Exercising before and during pregnancy can get your body ready for the challenge. Walking, jogging or swimming for a minimum of 20 minutes at least three days a week will help to get your body in check before the big delivery.
Make sure you are aware of your company’s maternity policy and check you have been there long enough to be entitled to maternity pay but also ensure that you could live off what you will be getting before you commit to having a child, having a child isn’t cheap.
Carla is the founder of MyBump2Baby. Carla has a huge passion for linking together small businesses and growing families. Carla’s humorous, non-filtered honesty has won the hearts of thousands of parents throughout the UK.
She has previously written for the Metro and made appearances on BBC News, BBC 5 live, LBC etc. Carla is a finalist for Blogger of the Year award with Simply Ladies inc. Carla is also the host of the popular Fifty Shades of Motherhood podcast and The MyBump2Baby Expert podcast.