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10 Dos and Don’ts When Planning Your First Baby

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The prospect of a new addition to the family is always thrilling. Couples and their families anticipate this joyful occasion like the birth of a child is a reason for celebration. It is common knowledge that a planned pregnancy is safer than an unexpected one, and for some professional help, you can contact your GP.

Many people assume that it will be easy when they are prepared to try and create a family actively. So they discontinue any birth control they were taking and simply wait for the magic to unfold. Most of the time, it is as easy as that. And in reality, 80 percent of couples who start trying for a baby become pregnant within 6 months. However, for some couples, it may not happen straight away.

Keep in mind that a mother’s physical and emotional well-being affects the process for both the mother and the baby throughout and after the pregnancy, both directly and indirectly. Therefore, only by providing the finest possible care before, during, and after the pregnancy can you achieve what’s best for the mother and the baby.

Read on for some advice on what to do – and what not to do – while starting your road to having a baby.

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Dos:

Take your prenatal vitamins

It’s a good idea to take folic acid-fortified vitamins even before you get pregnant. Folic acid is a B vitamin essential for the proper development of the baby’s neurological system. About 70% of women taking it avoid severe brain and spinal cord abnormalities such as Anencephaly and Spina bifida. And they do most of their job during the first trimester of pregnancy. You must take this daily for a period of three months before becoming pregnant.

Keep your basal body temperature in check

A rise in body temperature is another sign that a woman’s body is preparing for ovulation. You may monitor this by keeping a thermometer next to your bed. Check your temperature just after waking up in the morning before you get out of bed or even sit up. This works best if you attempt to get up at the same time every day. Before ovulation, your temperature should be between 97.2 and 97.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Hormonal changes, however, lead it to rise between 0.4 and 1.0 degrees higher after ovulation. It should stay elevated until your next period or, if pregnant, throughout your pregnancy.

Stress relief should be a priority

Any type of stress can disrupt ovulation and the conception process.

Find stress-relieving activities that work for you and do them as often as possible—as long as they are healthy, of course. For example, read good novels, play games, go for walks or unwind with a small nice movie night.

Exercise

Most people find it difficult to change their living patterns. Planning a pregnancy, on the other hand, is a fantastic motivation because you will do it for the baby’s health as well as yourself. A healthy body always has an easier time conceiving than underweight or overweight body. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, limit your intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners (particularly in drinks, which have little nutritional value and many additional calories), and maintain a regular exercise regimen. Your doctor may advise you on how much and what type of exercise is best for you.

Walking, swimming and yoga are frequently suggested activities. Avoid contact sports and activities where you might fall or lose your equilibrium. If you are overweight, it may be a good idea to lose weight before beginning a pregnancy.

Don’ts:

Skip the visit to your doctor

Your doctor will collect a comprehensive history of your health, both present and previous, as well as any medical issues you may have. Pre-existing illnesses must be carefully controlled, and tests performed to ensure your health. For example, if you conceive while having uncontrolled diabetes, your kid is three times more likely to have a deformity or abnormality.

If you have epilepsy, your baby may be born with an anomaly due to the medications you are taking and the condition itself. As a result, your usual medicine may need to be adjusted. Also, a comprehensive personal and family history will aid in the screening for inherited and genetic disorders.

Over-exert

Many women are normally tempted to exercise more than the suggested amount since keeping in shape is one of the essential things you can do to ensure your success when trying to conceive.

This can overstress your body and alter your period pattern, postponing or even eliminating ovulation.

Feel the lows

Even with the most significant attempts, it might take months to conceive. As time passes, it’s easy to feel disheartened and place blame on yourself or your spouse. While this is a natural and challenging emotion, it is vital to remember that you and your spouse are on this road together. Look to one another for support and comfort, and maintain the communication lines open at all times.

 

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