Steps to pregnancy planning

Steps to pregnancy planning

The moment has arrived! You and your partner have decided that you want to be parents. Congratulations! It’s great news. But now… maybe you are wondering where to start to pregnancy planning? Continue reading…

Visit your doctor

Ideally, you would visit the doctor for a check up and make sure that everything is fine.

Besides, the doctor will recommend vaccines or guide you about different precautions that you should take to not get any infections, and much more.

It is always recommended that it is the woman who goes to the doctor, but pregnancy planning is a matter of two, isn’t it? There’s no harm if your partner goes to the doctor too.

Do not forget your gynecologist

Besides, you should schedule a pre-conception appointment with your gynecologist. The specialist will follow up on your medical history, inquire about possible risks, recommend vitamin supplements, etc.

Folic acid supplement

It is a vital vitamin to prevent birth defects in the baby. To reduce risks, it is recommended that to start taking this vitamin three months before pregnancy, as well as for the rest of it.

In addition to the vitamins, we can also make sure that our diet includes foods rich in folic acid, such as green leafy vegetables, avocado, bananas, legumes…

Calculate your fertile days

If you are planning your pregnancy, it is very important that you don’t use any contraceptives. As well, it will be very helpful to know what your fertile days are. If you do so, you will know which are the days in which you are more likely to get pregnant.

We have already talked about this topic in this post.

Maintain the suitable weight

Maintaining the suitable weight is important during pregnancy. Overweight men and women have reduced fertility, which means that they takes longer to conceive. Besides, women that are overweight are more prone to suffer from gestational diabetes or hypertension during pregnancy.

Thus, you can start taking care of your diet and to exercise moderately so that you have a healthy life style.

Tobacco and alcohol

Tobacco negatively influences female fertility, accelerating the aging of the ovaries, losing reproductive capacity and accelerating menopause.

As well, a high consumption of alcohol and other drugs are related to semen alterations, loss of menstruation, and higher rates of abortions…

Keep in mind that, from the moment you start having relations with out nay protection, you can get pregnant. Thus, we must always take care of ourselves, whether or not we know if the result of our pregnancy test is positive.

Keep the stress out

Sometimes, the relationship between stress and fertility is being questioned, but what we are sure of is that getting rid of stress helps our receptivity, and it helps us to be more relaxed and disposed.

In order to do so, you can try practicing moderate exercise, yoga and stretching… Do things to help you and your partner feel better, and feel calmer.

Take care of your surroundings

In addition to taking care of ourselves, it is also important to take care of the environment to which we are exposed to from the moment you start planning your pregnancy. It is something that we should take into account in all the stages of our life, but if we have the possibility of being pregnant, it is even more important.

Avoid exposure to toxic substances, excessive pollution and pesticides as much as possible. These toxic substances can alter your reproductive capacity and affect the fetus during its development.

We have to begin to raise awareness in our closest social circle, so that they can contribute to the good habits of the future mother, avoiding exposing her to tobacco smoke, joining her in a healthy life style and encouraging her in all her activities.

In addition to taking care of ourselves, it is also important to take care of the environment to which we are exposed to from the moment you start planning your pregnancy. It is something that we should take into account in all the stages of our life, but if we have the possibility of being pregnant, it is even more important.

Avoid exposure to toxic substances, excessive pollution and pesticides as much as possible. These toxic substances can alter your reproductive capacity and affect the fetus during its development.

We have to begin to raise awareness in our closest social circle, so that they can contribute to the good habits of the future mother, avoiding exposing her to tobacco smoke, joining her in a healthy life style and encouraging her in all her activities.

Planning a pregnancy is an important issue; however, the process doesn’t have to become an obsession. I hope that these tips can serve you as a guide on your pregnancy journey.

Good luck!

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