Conceive a Healthy Lifestyle

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:

  • Anemia
  • Diabetes
  • 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
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • 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!