If you are not pregnant YET - and would like to know what you should do before trying to conceive then this article is exactly for you!
We have come up with SIX helpful things that you can be doing right now to help have a more positive pregnancy and a healthy baby!
Top Six Things to do
2. Stop Drinking, Smoking or Taking Drugs.
Drinking, smoking and taking drugs all decrease your chances of getting pregnant - whether it is the woman or the man - and can cause complications during pregnancy and cause harm to your unborn child.
What harm can happen?
Smoking can increase your chances of a miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome, and ectopic pregnancy.
"Generally a drug, substance or medication can cause harm by:
Stopping smoking, drinking and drugs will be one of the best decisions you will make for your unborn child! And you don't have to do it on your own. There is a lot of information and support out there to help you!
You can search reliable sites to give you information, seek medical advice from your gb or obstetrician, call a helpline or talk to close friends and family for support.
We have the following suggestions as starting points:
3. Have a healthy and balanced diet!
There are a number of benefits from having a diet that is:
Having a healthy diet will not only help your baby grow, lower health risks for you and your baby, but a healthy diet can also help you to be more fertile!
The healthier you are before your pregnancy the better prepared your body will be.
4. Become Active! If you haven't already!!!
Being active before you are pregnant has many benefits.
For example, in my first trimester I experienced constant migraines! With the addition of full-time work, I found it very difficult to continue to exercise and keep fit. As a result, I lost a lot of muscle and found my body suffered from this. I also found that I was more weak after birth because of this.
Second pregnancy, I have managed to keep my muscle on and feel more prepared for birth (having a toddler to look after has definitely helped me to keep fit!
So make sure you are walking a minimum of 30 minutes a day - 3-5 days a week.
Read up on the many pregnancy exercises you can do during pregnancy and be prepared!
5. Make sure your relationship is healthy and strong!
Having a baby changes your life completely.
It will turn your life upside and challenge you in ways you never thought possible.
While it is also the most magical and amazing experience you will ever have, it will also be the most difficult.
So step 5 is for you to make sure you and your partner are both ready for this new commitment - both as individuals and as a couple!
Be at your strongest. Not at your weakest.
Here are some starting questions that you and your partner could be asking yourselves to see if you are ready!
You are ready if...
1. You work as a team - communication is key! Making compromises, looking out for the other person and showing love all the time!
2. The wife respects the husband and the husband loves and shows love to the wife.
Both men and women feel loved in different ways.
Typically, men feel loved when they are respected and valued.
While women feel loved when they are shown they are the most important part of their husbands life.
3. You are both prepared to change your priorities.
4. Have talked about how you would both like to parent. How it may look and that you are both are on the same page.
You are not ready if...
1. Your way of dealing with a disagreement is by either yelling at each other or ignoring each other. Communication is key and showing the other that they are respected and loved is the most important part in a disagreement.
2. You are having a baby in the hope that he or she will save your marriage.
3. The husband or wife thinks nothing is going to change - because EVERYTHING is going to change.
Your whole view on life, how much time you have and how much time you have for yourself and each other is going to change dramatically.
6. See your GP or Obstetrician
Your GP will give you some great advice when it comes to planning for your baby - including that you will need to book an another appointment when your Pregnancy Test is positive!
Your GP will tell you to take certain vitamins and check that you are in full of health! They will also give you some things to think about before you come back again!
We hope that these Six tips will help you to prepare for conception!
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