Wednesday 10 March 2021

Top Tips for Preparing Your Body for Pregnancy

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Fertility isn’t something that’s widely talked about. In fact, it’s still somewhat of a taboo. However, if you’re hoping to have a baby at some point, it’s worth learning as much about fertility as you can so that you are in a better position to prepare for your pregnancy. After all, you probably want to do all you can to give you the best chance of conceiving a healthy baby. 

Read on for some advice and information from a fertility clinic in London to get you started.

Of course, it goes without saying that if you would like to start trying for a baby, you will need to stop your contraception. Depending on which form of contraception you were using, it may take a few months for your fertility to return to normal, so some forward planning will be crucial. 

Barrier methods, like condoms, can be used right up until the point you would like to start trying, but it may take 2-3 months for fertility to regulate after stopping the contraceptive pill. It may take even longer if you have an implant, so plan to have this removed as early as possible.

In order to prepare your body for pregnancy, you might also need to make a few lifestyle adjustments. You should certainly quit smoking, as this can affect fertility in both men and women and could harm your unborn child if you do become pregnant. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they can make it more difficult for you to conceive.

Managing your stress is also important, because stress affects your cortisol levels, which can affect ovulation and libido. You may want to consider yoga or mediation as ways to reduce your stress.

You will need to maintain a healthy weight with moderate exercise, as being underweight or overweight can alter your menstrual cycle or cause other health issues that will make it difficult for you to become pregnant. Make sure your meals are rich in vitamins and minerals so that you don’t have any deficiencies. Before and during your pregnancy, it’s also important to eat foods that contain folic acid, such as citrus fruits and leafy vegetables, as this will reduce the likelihood of birth defects.

If you are worried about conceiving or have any questions please don’t hesitate to speak to your GP if you would like some more advice. They may be able to answer your questions to put your mind as ease or help with any issues you are worried about. They will also be able to give you a full health check-up, including your sexual health, to ensure your body is in optimal shape to conceive and carry a child. 

Do you have any top tips for those wanting to conceive? Please do share them below if you do. 


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