Updated: Feb 4, 2021
Yayy soo exciting! I bet you can’t wait to get on the journey of conception, pregnancy and motherhood. Oh soo much to look forward to, just stay calm and enjoy the journey, its life changing that’s for sure.
I didn’t get a chance to plan ahead before conceiving my son as thankfully I fell pregnant almost immediately. Now his older and am forever getting the when is the next one coming questions (especially from the mother in law lol), I doubt I can put it off much longer.
If you’re trying, or thinking about getting pregnant, then here are a few things you can look at to help your womb welcome a little one or two.
It is advised to take 400 mcg folic acid supplement a day for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester. Watch out for Vitamin A in the supplements you are taking, it should not exceed the daily allowance of 770mcg, unless it’s in a form called beta-carotene. Speak to your pharmacist or GP for more guidance on this, they will also be able to recommend the best supplement suited to you.
You have the best chance of success if you are aware of your menstrual cycle and changes that happen to your body during that time.
You're most likely to get pregnant if you have sex within a day or so of ovulation, this is when an egg is released from the ovary. And it’s usually about 14 days after the first day of your last period. This applies if your cycle is around 28 days long, though quite a number of women's cycles are longer or shorter than this.
Exercise and a good Diet
Though you are not eating for 2 yet, try get in the habit now of making healthier choices, it makes it easier when the baby arrives because let’s face it trying to start a new habit then will be the last thing on you mind. Also, try get into an exercise routine now, a minimum of 30 minutes moderate exercise such as walking, yoga or cycling will do you soo much good during your pregnancy and beyond.
Reduce your caffeine intake significantly, or swap to decafe tea and coffee instead. In some cases it is believed too much caffeine could lead to miscarriage, frankly it’s not worth the risk.
Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin D and other nutrients are essential for the development of baby’s brain and eyes, however some fish contains mercury which can be harmful. Our suggestion would be to reduce your fish intake and avoid those containing high levels of mercury e.g. swordfish, shark, king mackerel etc.
Visit your Dentist
Time to make that dentist appointment, especially if you haven’t been in the last 6 months. During pregnancy, hormonal shift can cause you to be more susceptible to gum disease. With symptoms including swollen, red and tender gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Going to see a dentist before getting pregnant means any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy.
Have Sex (lots of it!)
This goes without saying, and according to the experts you will have the best chance of getting pregnant if you have sex every two or three days throughout the month. There is no one to get pregnant, but it is believed missionary and doggy positions allow for deeper penetration, meaning the sperm is deposited right next to the cervix. Relax and have fun with it!