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Wanting to Become Pregnant? How to Prepare for Pregnancy

Wanting to Become Pregnant? How to Prepare for Pregnancy

Conceiving may seem simple enough, but not everyone realizes that there are a few tips that can help you as you start planning to get pregnant.

1.  Make Health Your Top Priority
First and foremost, get healthy.  A healthy woman has a much better chance of conceiving than someone in ill health.  Now is the time to examine your diet and start making healthier choices.  If you don’t already exercise, find a way to incorporate even a small amount in to your daily routine, and if you haven’t yet started to take a prenatal vitamin, there is no time like the present.  People often assume that prenatal vitamins aren’t needed until after a woman has conceived, but taking a good prenatal vitamin prior to conception ensures that you are getting adequate amounts of the folic acid and other nutrients required to help your body conceive and support a healthy pregnancy.

2.  Sex
Prenatal vitamins are one thing, but the most obvious tip to getting pregnant of course, is sex – but how much sex is enough?  Some think that having intercourse as often as possible is the surest, and best way to conceive, but there are some side-bars worth mentioning.  Obviously, you’ll need to have intercourse often if you’re trying to conceive, but studies suggest that every other day is the way to go.  This allows the male’s sperm count to build up. The higher the sperm count, the greater your chance of conception.  A final word on sex before we move on.  Remember that sex is fun.  The number one mistake couples make when trying to conceive is turning our once passionate and romantic couplings in to actual work.  Instead of allowing the focus to rest solely on getting pregnant, try to keep things both fun and sexy.

3.   Know Your Body
If you are trying to get pregnant, you need to know your body.  You will have to determine when you ovulate so that you can establish when you will be most fertile.  Ovulation typically occurs two weeks before the start of your period, and you’ll be most fertile in the five days prior to ovulation.  Learning to recognize the signs of ovulation will help you to better track your fertility.

Here are indications that you are ovulating:
1. Increased Basal Temperature– This is the temperature your body is at first thing in the morning before getting out of bed. This is the temperature of a body at rest.  When you are ovulating, there will be a slight increase of approximately 0.5° C.  Using this method to track ovulation requires you to record your basal temperature every day so that you can make note of any increase.
2. Changes in Cervical Mucus – As you get closer to ovulation, the cervical mucus in the vagina becomes clearer, thinner and wetter.  This is the body’s way of providing increased motility for sperm to travel, and is a clear sign that ovulation is close.
3. Abdominal Cramps – Some women experience pain in the lower right or left quadrant of the abdomen during ovulation. The pain will be felt on whichever side happens to house the ovary that is releasing the egg in any given month.

In addition to following the above tips to getting pregnant, you should schedule an appointment with your physician or midwife to ensure all is in order before you start trying to conceive.  Most physicians will recommend that you start taking a good prenatal vitamin right away, but they will also ensure that your body is healthy and ready to support a successful pregnancy.

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