Conceiving a healthy lifestyle is essential when it comes to the conception of a child. Our purpose here is to help guide you in the right direction. It is up to you to make the actual lifestyle changes.
Stop Harmful Habits:
- Caffeine – Caffeine can caused delayed conception and has been attributed to cases of miscarriage.
- Alcohol – There are no safe levels of alcohol to consume if you want to conceive a child.
- Herbs – Consult with your doctor. Some herbs can be harmful.
- Prescription Drugs – Consult with your doctor about all prescription medications. Some prescription medications can be harmful.
- Smoking – Statistically speaking, smoking causes 25 to 35 percent of low birth weight babies, up to 15 percent of preterm deliveries, and 9 percent of all infant deaths. This is according to the American Lung Association.
- Stress – Stress causes delayed and missed periods. This can make it difficult to track ovulation and thus get pregnant. Try your best to minimize your stress.
Start Helpful Habits:
- Eat Right – The food you eat directly affects your health. Conception depends on your health.
- Exercise – If you do not already have an exercise regimen, start one now. Talk with your doctor about what types of exercise are best for you.
- Read – Get educated about conception and pregnancy. The more you know the better.
- Relax – Relaxation helps to reduce your stress level.
- Rest – It is important to get at least eight hours of sleep a night.
- See Your Doctor – Get a physical. HAve your doctor also give you a preconception check up. The is a great way to make sure you are in the right health to conceive a child. Alos, your doctor will inform you if you have any medical conditions that may affect your ability to get pregnant and your pregnancy.
- Track Your Ovulation – Your doctor should ask about your menstrual cycle. It is a good idea to keep track of your cycle. Knowing when you ovulate will increase your chances of getting pregnant.
- Watch Your Weight – Eat right and try to achieve you optimum weight.
Common conditions that can hinder conception and pregnancy:
- Gynecological problems
- High blood pressure
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Thyroid problems
Your preconception exam should include the following:
- Blood typing
- Breast exam
- Pap Smear
- Rubella immunization
- Varicella immunization
Your doctor should also ask you about your medical and family history.
- Any history of major illness
- History of twins
- Medical conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.)
- Prescription medications
- Mental retardation
- Past pregnancies
- Seizure disorders
Conceive a healthy lifestyle before you get pregnant and it will be a habit once you are pregnant. The beginning of your pregnancy is the most important time in your new baby’s development. Take it seriously!