If you’re planning for a baby and ready to get pregnant, you can make life easier with these simple ways to prepare your body. These are the most basic tips for women ready to get pregnant — who are still enjoying the act of conceiving a baby!
Before the tips, a quip:
“Love is all fun and games until someone loses an eye or gets pregnant.” ~ Jim Cole.
Funny how getting pregnant can be the most thrilling day of her life when a woman is planning for a baby – or it can be the worst news ever. If you’re ready to get pregnant, I hope your egg and that little sperm meet quickly, and live happily ever after!
Here are a few tips for women who are ready to get pregnant and have a baby…for more tips, read How to Get Pregnant.
Ready to Get Pregnant? 5 Tips on Planning for a Baby
Try not to stress about getting pregnant
“A body of evidence continues to build about the effects of chronic stress on a woman’s ovulation and a man’s sperm production,” write Drs Rosenwaks and Goldstein in A Baby at Last!: The Couple’s Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant–from Cutting-Edge Treatments to Commonsense Wisdom. “Chronic stress alters brain signals to the hypothalamus, which in turn affects the hypothalamus’s signals to the pituitary and the pituitary’s signals to the ovaries and testicles.” Chronic stress can inhibit the body’s reproductive organs — it can interfere with your menstrual cycle, egg hatching, and ovulation phases – and it can even cause bodily changes that make you think you’re ovulating when you’re not. If you’re planning for a baby, try to relax as much as possible.
Watch your figure – but don’t get “pencil thin”!
Finding your healthy body weight is one of the best tips for women ready to get pregnant. If you’re just starting to try to conceive, you may think that it’s a pain in the tushie to lose weight. But trust me — the real pain in the tushie comes when you have to go for infertility workups, fertility tests, and infertility procedures. Losing a few pounds is easy peasy compared to that! Watching your weight can increase your fertility levels, which will help you get pregnant faster.
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Eat foods that increase your pregnancy chances
There are certain foods that increase female fertility, such as the healthy unsaturated fats in nuts, olive oil, and avocados. And, certain foods increase sperm count, such as seafood, leafy green veggies, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet affects your eggs, menstrual cycle, and ovulation. Feed your body with healthy foods, and you’ll make the journey towards planning for a baby that much smoother.
Take care of your health problems
Are you struggling with health issues, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, ovarian syndromes, and endometriosis? Try to get them under control because can affect your chances of pregnancy. Explore alternative treatments for your health issues, if possible, and always ask your doctor if the medications he or she is prescribing will affect your current or future chances of getting pregnant.
Stop smoking (even if you’re not ready to get pregnant)
This is the easiest pregnancy tip of all — if you’re a nonsmoker! “Smoking constricts blood vessels, including those that feed the ovaries, which accelerates the loss of eggs,” says Dr Sherman Silber of the Infertilty Center of St. Louis — he wrote How to Get Pregnant.
“Sure, women who smoke can get pregnant – when they’re young. But smoking can cause you to become infertile earlier than you would as a nonsmoker.”
If you’re stressed about planning for a baby, you may find How to Relax When You’re Trying to Get Pregnant helpful.
If you have any questions or thoughts on these tips for women who are ready to get pregnant, please comment below!