You are now ready to become pregnant. Congratulations! It is an important milestone in your life to make the decision to have a baby. But is your body ready to have a baby? This is a list of things you can do to prepare your body for pregnancy in the next month.
Days 1-7: Prepare Your Body For Pregnancy
Day 1: Stop Birth Control
You will need to stop using any type of birth control if you wish to conceive. After stopping certain types of contraception, such as birth control pills, you can get pregnant immediately. Many women have their first period in as little as two weeks after quitting birth control pills. Your first attempt at conceiving begins when your period starts. Some women are able to conceive immediately, while others take a few months.
Day 2: Get a multivitamin
The body’s nutritional resources are often affected by pregnancy. To bridge any nutritional gaps, take a multivitamin. Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated to provide the nutrients your body needs during pregnancy. Prenatal care can be done now to avoid nutritional deficiencies in the early stages of pregnancy. It will also give you the opportunity to test out different brands and see which ones work best for you.
Day 3: Add Folic acid
To prevent neural tube defects in early pregnancy, you may need additional folate or folic acid to supplement your prenatal vitamin. You should consume at least 400-800 microgramsTrusted source of Folic Acid per day. This amount is already found in many over-the-counter prenatal vitamins. Always read the label. Prenatals may contain higher amounts once you become pregnant.
Day 4: Eat Well
A healthy and balanced diet can help you get all the vitamins and minerals that you need. Whole foods are better than processed food. To reduce your exposure to toxic substances, it is a good idea to include more organic fruits and veggies if you have the budget.
Day 5: Exercise
Another great way to prepare yourself for pregnancy is to move your body at least four-five times per week. For a total 150 minutes, aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Start from the couch. Start with something simple like walking, which you can do outside your front door. You can start with 10 to 15 minutes and then increase your time by adding more. For those who enjoy a more challenging workout, you can try jogging, cycling or hiking uphill. Exercise can bring additional health benefits. You might consider moving 150 to 300 minutes per week if you are already active.
Day 6: Get Physical
Regular yearly physicals can help prevent serious health problems. They are especially important when you are getting ready to have a baby. Your doctor will inspect you and may take blood tests to check your cholesterol levels. You can also discuss any health issues you may have during this visit.
Day 7: Check Vaccinations
A physical appointment can also be a great way to catch up on any lapsed vaccinations (tetanus and rubella). Vaccinations can protect you and your baby.
Day 8: Schedule Preconception Visit
There are many factors that can affect your ability to have a successful pregnancy. You may want to make an appointment for a preconception visit with your doctor. You may find some of the examinations overlap with your physical. Be sure to bring any reproductive questions. You should bring all your concerns, including screening for STDs and screening for pregnancy readiness.
Day 9: Track your Cycle
No matter if you have been using birth control, this is the right time to be intimate with your period. You can get pregnant quicker by narrowing down when you are most fertile. Knowing your cycles can help you spot any irregularities and address them. To see how your cycle length changes from month-to-month, simply record when your period begins and ends. It is possible to note irregular bleeding or spotting. Although the average menstrual cycle lasts around 28 days, it can vary from 21 to 35 days. However, this is still within the normal healthy range. Many apps are available to assist you in tracking your period.
Day 10: Limit Toxin Exposure
For babies in development, high levels of toxic exposure can pose a danger. You can reduce your exposure to the most common offenders by:
- Avoid synthetic fragrances
- going Bisphenol-A (BPA)-free
- Choose chemical-free products for your home and personal care
- Certain beauty services can be skipped
These are just a few of the other things that you can do today.
- Make your own household cleaners with water and vinegar
- Organic foods are best
- Stock up on fragrance-free laundry soaps
- Avoid makeup products containing parabens, sodium sulfate, or mercury
- Choose fresh food over canned foods, which could contain BPA
Day 11: Stress relief
Good stress relief outlets can be a great help during pregnancy and the first year of your baby’s life. Do you feel stressed? Try taking a walk, deep breathing exercises or anything else that brings joy.
Day 12: Try Yoga
Yoga can have many benefits for fertility. Regular yoga practice can help you manage your anxiety and emotions during the pregnancy process. In preparation for the pregnancy, you’ll strengthen and stretch your body. You might be interested in yoga for fertility and other classes that are offered in your local area.
Day 13: Visit the Dentist
It’s a good idea to visit your dentist while you are getting your regular checkups. Your gums and teeth can be affected by hormones during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis can be prevented by practicing good brushing habits.
Day 14: Stop Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug Use
Unborn babies can be affected by smoking, drugs, and alcohol in many ways. Smoking can cause premature labor, reduce blood flow and expose your baby to toxic chemicals. Baby at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) by drinking The use of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana (e.g., heroin, methamphetamines or marijuana) is illegal. It is illegal and can cause miscarriage, birth defects, stillbirth, or other complications.
Day 15: Get Sex
Avoid making sex a chore, but enjoy it, and do it often. You should be spontaneous and passionate, because having sex is the only way to get pregnant. Your relationship will be stronger if you establish sound lovemaking habits. Don’t worry if you don’t have fertility problems. You can have regular, unprotected sex throughout the course of your cycle.
Day 16: Reach Your Healthy Weight
Are you aware of your body mass index (BMI). This number will likely be calculated by your doctor at your physical. Talk to your doctor if your BMI falls within the obese or overweight categories. Talk to your doctor if your BMI falls in the underweight range.
Day 17: Gather Family Medical Information
Genetic factors that are rooted in your family tree will have an impact on the health of your baby. Ask your family members and parents if you have any genetic conditions. Same goes for your partner. Are you unsure? To discuss your concerns and receive further testing, you can schedule an appointment with a genetic counselor.
Day 18 – 19: Talk about your prescriptions when you prepare your body for pregnancy
Your doctor should know that you are trying to conceive. They can also review your medications and any supplements. These medicines might not be safe for pregnant women.
Day 20: Good Nights
Parents worry about their sleep after bringing home their babies. However, sleep during pregnancy can be just the same. Get some Zzz’s in while you still can.
Day 21: Limit Caffeine
Are you a coffee drinker? The daily recommended intake for pregnant women is 12 ounces of caffeine per day. If you are currently drinking more than this, it is a good idea to slowly reduce your intake.
Day 22: Guzzle Water is important trying to prepare your body for pregnancy
60% of your body is water. For optimal health, keep yourself hydrated. Women should consume 9 cups of water per day. This amount may be increased if you are pregnant. Ask your doctor for guidelines.
Day 23: How conception works
You can increase your chances of becoming pregnant by learning the basics. Planned Parenthood is a great resource to understand how pregnancy occurs. First, you must have sex during your fertile period. This will allow the sperm to meet the egg when it is newly released into your body. Fertile eggs then travel down the fallopian tubes to the uterus where they must be implanted in order for the pregnancy to stay. Half of fertilized eggs don’t implant and are flushed with your menstrual cycle.
Days 24-30 of the Prepare your body for pregnancy guide
Day 24: Get him checked out
Although a healthy pregnancy is largely dependent on the woman, it is a good idea to have your man checked out. Around 30% of cases of infertility can be attributed to men. You must make sure that he:
- Schedules for a physical
- Eat well
- Stop smoking and consuming other drugs
- Limit alcohol
Day 25: Boost Your Immune System
Pregnancy makes you more vulnerable to the flu and colds. You can boost your immune system by eating healthy, high-quality foods, taking vitamin C, and getting enough sleep.
Day 26: Learn the Do’s and Don’ts
You’ll hear many things about pregnancy safety. Some of these aren’t scientific. Some items are vital for the health of your baby’s growing body. The most talked about item? What foods should you avoid during pregnancy? Pregnant women are 10x more likely to get listeria from contaminated food than other healthy adults. To ensure that your favorite foods are pasteurized, you should start reading the labels.
Day 27: Working Around
You may have to perform dangerous or physically demanding tasks as part of your job. Heavy lifting, standing for prolonged periods of time and bending at your waist can lead to miscarriage, fertility problems, or menstrual disorders. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and any recommendations regarding lifting. If you become pregnant, it is important to not lift heavy objects off the ground, avoid lifting overhead, bend over, or stoop over, as these are all signs that you might be having problems with pregnancy.
Day 28: Do Not DO Something Crazy
There are many activities that can be dangerous for your baby and you while you are pregnant. Do not go skydiving or ride a roller coaster before you get pregnant. Placental abruption can be caused by sudden stopping and starting or other jarring effects of more extreme activities.
Day 29: Review Your Insurance Coverage
Before you become pregnant, it is important to check what your health insurance covers. 1,000,000 women give up on prenatal care every year. They are three times more likely than their babies to be born with low birth weights and five times more likely that they will die than babies born to mothers who attend regular prenatal appointments.
Day 30: Communication
Although you may be able to conceive after a few cycles of trying, it is common for couples to take longer to see positive signs. Be honest and open with your partner before you try to conceive. To keep your relationship healthy, it is important to talk about any problems or frustrations that you may have along the way to having a baby.