Deciding to bring a bundle of joy into this world takes planning, and it is important to be prepared physically and mentally for pregnancy. Follow these simple tips to get the body and mind ready.
Get a health checkup
- Discuss your plans to conceive with your gynecologist.
- Stop taking any medications (after consulting your doctor) that might not be safe for your baby and find a pregnancy-safe alternative.
- Consult with your physician about any additional supplements.
- Ensure you are at a healthy weight and BMI. For more information, visit our BMI calculator page.
- Stop birth control according to your doctor’s guidance.
- Remove internal contraceptives.
- Take necessary blood tests.
- Discuss with your doctor about any preexisting medical conditions and family medical history.
Get accustomed to a healthy diet
- Lower caffeine intake.
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid foods that have a lot of preservatives.
- Stay hydrated.
- Eat lots of vegetables (including leafy vegetables) and fruits.
- Eat lean protein.
- Get whole grains into your diet (for example, whole grain bread).
- Have legumes, lentils and beans, which contain both fiber and plant protein.
- Drink or eat milk products to increase your calcium intake.
- Try to cut back on sugar, salt, and fatty foods.
- Try to limit your consumption of fish, under-cooked meat, and unpasteurized dairy products while trying to conceive.
*A healthy diet can increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy.
Try to conceive
- Try to have intercourse 2-3 times a week without using contraception. ِDaily intercourse during the days leading up to ovulation might increase the odds of getting pregnant, although the male partner’s sperm concentration might drop slightly.
- Track your cycle and estimate when you are likely to ovulate.
- Research position methods for increasing chances of conception.
- Consider basal body temperature.
Consult your doctor about supplements
- Check your iron levels. Accordingly, your doctor may recommend that you increase your iron intake through supplements.
- Consult with you doctor about mineral supplements if you have any type of mineral deficiency.
- Get more folic acid, as it is important even before conception.
Relax and Exercise
- Exercise regularly, and work on strengthening your body and improving flexibility.
- Rest and relax, as stress may affect your ability to conceive.
- Get some fresh air.
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