Preparing for pregnancy is not easy. Women have many fears about health, diet, medications, exercises, delivery and then the responsibilities that come once the baby comes into the world.
So if you are reading this article that means you're thinking about trying to get pregnant? Congrats! Here's what to do now to get healthy, have fun, and feel prepared to start trying to conceive.
No More alcohol, smoking, and drugs:
If you smoke, drink, or do drugs, you should quit them now. Smoke and drugs can lead to premature birth, miscarriage, and low birth weight in babies. Some drugs remain in the bloodstream even after the effects wear off. Men who smoke will have reduced semen volume and low sperm count. Second-hand smoking could also affect your ability to conceive.
Have A Parenting Talk
Most of the experts and real moms we spoke with agreed that it's important to chat with your partner about some of the biggie parenting problems.
And The important thing is for couples to start talking about their priorities, expectations, and fears throughout the entire process, especially before you get pregnant.
Keep An Eye On Your Caffeine Intake
Though it is debatable whether or not caffeine should be consumed before pregnancy, specialists say women planning to get pregnant should avoid or reduce caffeine intake.
Some researches have discovered that excess caffeine can lead to decreased fertility. Women should limit their consumption to 200ml or one cup a day.
You're not eating for two yet, but you should start making nutritious food choices now so your body will be stocked up with the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy.
Try to get at least 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables every day, as well as plenty of whole grains and foods that are high in calcium – like milk, calcium-fortified orange juice, and yogurt. Eat a variety of protein sources, such as beans, nuts, seeds, soy products, poultry, and meats.
You should be in a good state of mind when you want to conceive. You should be happy and comfortable as it otherwise affects your ability to conceive. While it is natural for you to be worried, sad, stressed, or depressed sometimes, if you are constantly negative, talk to your mother, relatives, or partner. You could also seek some professional help and discuss your feelings and treatment options. Yoga and meditation can also help beat stress.
We wish you a happy and healthy journey to conception, pregnancy, and parenting.