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8 Things to Be Conscious of if You Are Planning to Get Pregnant

The goal of every pregnancy is the delivery of a healthy baby to a healthy mother. However, this journey to motherhood can be made easier and healthier when it is well planned and prepared for. Several factors affect the ease of getting pregnant as well as the health of both mother and baby in pregnancy and afterwards. Planning your pregnancy helps you avoid or reduce pregnancy complications, give birth to a healthier baby, recover faster following your delivery and minimize your child’s risk of illness in the future.

Intercourse
It is generally advised that couples trying to achieve a pregnancy have unprotected intercourse two or three times a week within the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle. We do not recommend that couples time intercourse with ovulation as this causes considerable stress and is counterproductive. Women have their peak fertility in their mid to late twenties and the chance of conception reduces significantly after the age of 35 while the peak of sexual performance for men is between 21 and 24 years of age with a slight decline until 30 years and an individually different yet stronger decline thereafter. 

Weight
The ideal body mass index (BMI) for conception is 20 – 25kg/m2. The BMI is an indicator of your ideal body weight for your height. Women with a BMI under 20 or over 30 have a lower chance of achieving conception than women within the normal range. Accordingly if you have either a low or high BMI it is advisable to manage your weight appropriately.

Nutrition

Having a healthy metabolism and a healthy BMI in particular plays a vital role in maintaining sound hormonal balance. It is recommended to reduce your intake of carbohydrates and fats and instead eat a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and proteins. Examples of food rich in protein include lean meat, fish, cheese, egg and dairy products. Fruits and vegetables of course are rich in vitamins. Carbohydrates such as bread, sugar, noodles, flour, potatoes and fats such as oil and butter for instance, should be consumed in moderate quantities only.

Beverages such as coffee and tea containing caffeine is best avoided or at least taken in minimal quantities. Women planning for pregnancy are advised to limit their caffeine intake to 200mg per day (just about a normal sized tea-cup) or better still they could indulge in decaffeinated coffee or tea.

Smoking

Smokers have a reduced chance of conception and it decreases fertility considerably. It has been scientifically proven that passive smoking also significantly reducing the chances of conception. Both partners should quit smoking about 90 days prior to fertility treatment to give sufficient time for the production of healthy reproductive gametes.

Alcohol

Reducing alcohol intake will improve your chances of achieving a pregnancy and excessive alcohol consumption during pregnancy can cause abnormalities and birth defects in the baby.

Folic Acid

The most common congenital malformation seen in newborns is spina bifida or split spine which is a neural tube defect. it can be reduced if women take 5mg of folic Acid daily when planning to get pregnant and during the early stages of pregnancy. Furthermore other malformations such as cleft lip as well as pathological variations of the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, ureters, urethra and the limbs can possibly be prevented by taking folic acid.

Exercise
Exercise, which means keeping fit physically, helps the body stay in shape. A healthy exercise program includes 30 minutes of moderate exercise such as walking, cycling and aerobics about 3 times a week. This is preferable to intermittent activity and vigorous exercise is not advisable. Exercise should be preceded by a 5 minute warm-up, such as slow walking, to adequately prime the body for exercise.

Rest and Relaxation
It is important to have enough rest and sleep for at least 5 – 6 hours at night while trying to conceive

Conclusion

If you’re having difficulty getting pregnant, know that there is help available. Many couples put off treatment, waiting for a miracle or thinking they should just “try a little longer” first. This is a mistake. Some causes of infertility worsen with time. The sooner you get help, the more likely fertility treatments will work for you.

It’s true that you and your partner may have no signs or symptoms of a fertility problem. You may have a textbook 28-day menstrual cycle, but that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed fast and smooth results when trying to get pregnant, and that doesn’t mean you may not have a fertility problem, For this reason, if you’ve been trying to conceive for one year (or six months if you’re 35 years or older), Don’t wait! Get remedy with Natural Fertility Kit.

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Coach Amuda

Naturopathic Doctor & Founder, Green Remedies Int’l

Coach Amuda is a Holistic Practitioner and the C.E.O of Green Remedies International, a wellness company that specializes in tackling different health challenges through Natural, Organic, and Holistic Medicines.

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