A healthy pregnancy begins even before you even think about conceiving. You need to plan it keeping in mind a number of factors to ensure your future pregnancy/pregnancies are healthy. Follow these tips to prepare for getting pregnant:
Visit to a Doctor before Planning Pregnancy
Ask your doctor about:
- family planning
- taking folic acid
- vaccines and screenings, such as a screenings for sexually transmitted infections
- checking for diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, obesity, depression, eating disorders, and asthma
- pre-pregnancy diet
- healthy body weight for nourishing a baby
- physical activeness to avoid being overweight
- dental care
- avoiding stress
- repercussions of indulgence in smoking and alcohol
- knowing the risk factors before and after conception
- any disease that runs in your genes and its chances of affecting your future child.
Tips on How to Get Pregnant
- Avoid taking Stress.
- Stay in Bed after Sex – Staying in bed for 15 to 20 minutes after sex increases your chances of conception. After intercourse, put up your legs up in the air or place a pillow below the hips for raising the vagina.
- Keep a track of your periods– This is one of the most important steps to ensure conception. Chances of getting pregnant increase by having sex during ovulation. Ovulation occurs around 14 days after your last menstrual cycle. There are ovulation test kits available over-the-counter which help you to find out the period of your ovulation. During ovulation, basal temperature also increases a little in comparison to other days.
- Stay away from unhealthy edibles and eat more fertility enhancing foods.
- Quit smoking, drinking and drug abuse.
- Delayed Menstruation – It is one of the commonest signs of pregnancy. However, it is not conclusive. Delay in menstruation also depends on many factors, such as hormonal imbalance, excess weight gain, giving up birth control medication and stress. If one week has passed after missed periods, take a home pregnancy test to confirm your suspicion.
- Nausea and unexplained fatigue.
- Breast tenderness, pain in breasts and darkening of areola.
- Frequent headaches are very common throughout pregnancy.
- Backaches- It is mostly experienced in the second trimester of pregnancy but some women report it just after conception.
- Food temptations or craving.
- Numbness symptoms.
- Frequent Urination.
- Sure Sign – Experiencing missed period accompanied by nausea, tender breasts and fatigue are indeed early pregnancy symptoms. Get yourself tested immediately.
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