When you begin to think about starting a family, lots of people will begin to talk to you about getting ready to bring your baby home, and asking if you’ve painted a nursery, chosen a pram, and how you’re cleaning and childproofing your house. What fewer people think of are the preparations you have to make for a quick, successful and healthy conception and pregnancy! It’s as complex, and perhaps harder to achieve, but fortunately, it’s what we’re looking at today to give you some helpful hints.
The first thing you need to do to prepare is ensure your fertility is at its peak. Speaking with a fertility expert about your particular needs can give you an insight into how you can alter your diet to get more the nutrients you need. There’s no one size fits all fertility diet, so you need to make sure the steps you’re taking are tailored to your body.
One tip that is helpful for the majority of people of both genders is to eat more leafy green vegetables – these will give you a boost of B vitamins and electrolytes that go into building long lived, healthy reproductive cells, so eggs and sperm have the best chance of living to encounter each other and of a successful insemination when they do! The electrolytes help to keep your cycle regular and predictable, so you know when to try and conceive.
Ovulation Identification Strategies
You need to know when you ovulate in order to give yourself the best chance to conceive successfully, so part of your preparation has to be working out the best way for you to track when you ovulate.
Equipping yourself with an advanced fertility monitor gives an advantage here: these devices don’t just gather data, some using your basal body temperature, some measuring hormone levels, they also store and process that data for you. You don’t have to record your temperature yourself and look for dips and raises: the device tracks your temperature day by day, and gives you predictions to help you get pregnant!
Taking Medical Advice
If you’re planning on getting pregnant, the first and most important thing you can do to prepare is talk to your doctor. They can screen you for common problems, give you advice on diet and exercise that’s specific to your situation, and monitor you as you move from trying to conceive, through pregnancy and labour and begin your life as a new parent. A preconception checkup is the start of this process and it’s something you really don’t want to miss.