Five Things to Do if you are Trying to Get Pregnant

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Becoming pregnant is an important step in your life and you are most likely nervous and excited at the same time. It is a huge step and something that you must prepare for both mentally and physically.

If you are looking to get pregnant, there are some things that you should do sooner rather than later. Below are five things that you need to do if you are trying to get pregnant.

1. Have a preconception appointment

This is one of the most important steps in the pregnancy process and one that is often overlooked by couples when they are ready to become pregnant. Your doctor will be able to offer you all kinds of advice that you should know when you are trying to get pregnant and will be able to review your medical history for any issues that may occur.

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He will also be able to fill you in on the details regarding the birth control that you currently take and the time frame that you can expect to wait before the drug filters its way out of your system. While a lot of birth control methods stop working immediately, others take some time before they are completely out of your system.

2. Check your weight

Weight is a huge issue when it comes to becoming pregnant. For both you and your partner, it is important that you are at a healthy weight when you are looking to become pregnant.

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This process should be completed early on in the pregnancy journey so you should give yourself plenty of time to get it done right. However, it is important that you do not rapidly lose weight and then expect to become pregnant quickly.

Rapid weight loss can also cause issues when it comes to fertility and it is better to lose weight at a more natural rate. It is also important to note that fertility can be affected if you are underweight as well.

3. Take prenatal vitamins

Although this is typically considered a pregnancy thing, it is suggested that you begin taking one long before you are ready to become pregnant. Many women take them regularly for the affects that they have on their skin and hair, so they are safe to take anytime.

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These vitamins will give you many nutrients that can help improve the health of your reproductive system and help you to become pregnant easier. This is also a great way to build up the vitamins that your baby is going to need during the first few weeks after you become pregnant.

4. Get Rid of Stress

Stress can be a leading cause of having difficulties getting pregnant. Before you are ready to conceive, you should try and eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Learn new methods to deal with stress, such as yoga or meditation. You can also try massage and acupuncture to relax.

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Some have found that they even need to change jobs to get out of a stressful environment. If this is the route that you need to take, you probably want to do it well before the time you are ready to have children.

5. Make sure you and your partner are both healthy

Your health is not the only thing that matters when it comes to fertility. It is just as important that your partner is healthy as it is for you to be healthy. Men and women both have issues when it comes to infertility and it has been found that men are the reason for about 33% of infertility reasons.

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Because of this, it is important that you both become healthy and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle before you are ready to become pregnant. You should stop any bad habits that you have, such as smoking and drinking early, so that they will not harm your fertility as well.

6. Conclusion

While many couples are able to become pregnant quickly and with little effort, many other couples require careful planning in order to have children. Your doctor will be able to offer advice and guidance as to the certain things that you should do to get pregnant quickly when you are ready.

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Above all, you should relax and try to have fun with the process. Becoming pregnant is very exciting and while it may be frustrating if you are having problems, you should try and enjoy it as much as possible.

Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.