Making this decision to have a baby is in itself a huge milestone. Congratulations! Now let’s get to tips to prepare for pregnancy.
The decision of trying to have a baby means you are mentally and emotionally prepared, what remains is to prepare your body for pregnancy and our holistic health experts are here to help you with commonly asked questions on pregnancy and top tips to prepare for pregnancy.
- What are your odds of getting pregnant?
In any particular month, the odds that a woman will become pregnant really depending on a number of factors including age.
Here are a few things that can affect your chance of getting pregnant:
- Your chances of conceiving fall after you reach age 30, decreasing as you age.
- An irregular cycle makes it difficult to know the ideal time to have sex as it makes it tricky to calculate when you’re ovulating.
- You are less likely to get pregnant if you have less sex.
- Medical conditions can affect your chances of getting pregnant.
- If you haven’t gotten pregnant after trying to conceive for more than a year, talk to your doctor about it.
- Understand your menstrual cycle
Your cycle begins on the first day of your period and ends on the day before the next cycle begins. A cycle can take 21 to 35 days or even more. Many women don’t have regular cycles but it doesn’t mean anything is wrong.
- How often should you have sex?
According to recent studies, the chances of a sperm to fertilize an egg is pretty small; only 3-5 days leading up to ovulation and the day of ovulation. Your best chances of getting pregnant are 1-2 days prior to ovulation.
You should have intercourse every other day starting the week before ovulation or after the end of your period. Have sex at least 2-4 times every week.
- How long does it take for the effects of birth control medication to subside?
As soon as the pill’s hormones are out of your system you can become pregnant, it could be immediately after going off the pill or take some time. However, it may take a few months before ovulation begins normally again.
- Up your nutrients & vitamins
Include a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables that are rich in iron and calcium in your every day diet. Reduce your unhealthy-fat intake and consider taking a multivitamin supplement.
- Does your lifestyle support healthy pregnancy?
Healthy lifestyle choices when preparing for pregnancy are essential and that include:
- A healthy diet and regular physical activity
- Managing stress
- Addressing your weight before you conceive
- Avoid the use of alcohol, smoking and illegal drugs
- Destress and rejuvenate
Stress boosts your cortisol levels, which suppress ovulation and decreases sperm count and sex drive affecting adversely on your chances of getting pregnant. It also tightens your body, which can stagnate energy and constrict your blood flow.
Practice mindfulness, yoga, meditate, take a relaxing bath or nature walk, write it down, find your own way to cope up with stress.
- Visit your doc for a full checkup
Check in with your holistic health practitioner to together create a health baseline for a healthy and happy pregnancy.
- Work on your mental health
How we think, feel and act as we cope with our life generally defines our mental health. To be at your best, you need to feel good about yourself and your life. Everyone goes through the feelings of being worried, anxious or sad sometimes, it is when these feelings do not go away and interfere with your daily life then you need to take action by seeking help.
- Stay happy and positive
Our mind is a powerful tool and we should use it to add positivity and happiness in our life. Create an environment of happiness and positivity around you so you are relaxed and enjoy one of the best periods of your life.