Fertility PreConception Checklist

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Are you ready to have a baby? Here are 11 things that you should do to increase fertility before you decide to conceive.
1.
Stop using birth control.
You need to give your body a break.
Depending on the type of birth control you use, it may take a while for the female reproductive system and the menstrual cycle to normalize and ensure the best conditions for attempting to conceive.
2.
Start taking prenatal vitamins.
Folic acid is one of the B vitamins important for healthy growth of your unborn baby.
It is essential to the normal development of your baby's spine, brain and skull, especially during the first four weeks of your pregnancy.
It is, therefore important to start taking vitamin supplements with folic acid before you get pregnant to reduce the risk of neural tube defects.
3.
Start eating right.
What you eat has a dramatic effect on your fertility, just as it does on your general health.
By ensuring your daily nutritional, caloric and supplementary needs are met,and the fertility harming foods and drinks are avoided, you will greatly improve your chances of a fast and healthy conception.
4.
Keep active If you are not already active, start slowly.
Regular exercise will raise fertility levels and help maintain reproductive vitality.
If you're already active, continue with your program and make changes as you need them.
Listen to your body as it changes from one month to the next.
Do what is comfortable for you.
5.
Quit drinking alcohol The best time to quit is now.
The body stores some harmful substances in fat and can take a month or more to eliminate them.
Alcohol along with caffeine and nicotine are stimulithat will age the body prematurally.
This stimuli can also affect sperm production and sperm quality.
There is no safe amount or safe time to drink alcohol.
If you drink while you are pregnant, you are at risk of giving birth to a baby with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
FASD may include behavioural problems or learning disabilities.
6.
Quit smoking and get others around you to do the same.
As with Alcohol, nicotine is a stimuli which hinders fertility.
When you smoke, or inhale second hand smoke, the baby get less oxygen and nutrients and this causes your baby to grow more slowly and gain less weight in your womb.
Smoking is associated with prematurity and low birth weights, increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) and asthma.
7.
Control your weight If you've been watching your diet and are cutting back on calories, or have been enjoying them too much then it's time to get back to your body type's correct weight.
Infertility in obese and overweight women is primarily related to ovulatory dysfunction and results in irregular menstrual cycles.
It is important to have a balanced diet that includes all the food groups.
8.
Check your immunity to rubella and chicken pox.
Your immunity can be checked easily with a blood test.
This will avoid any concerns if you are exposed to them during pregnancy.
Even if you have been vaccinated or had these while you were a child, knowing for sure is best.
9.
Mental health is just as important as physical health.
Stress, emotional situation and exhaustion all effect how we eat, sleep and function.
Delegate work and home responsibilities and reduce the stress.
There is growing evidence that when you feel happy, secure, cared for and loved, your fertility can improve dramatically.
10.
Family history and blood types for both mother and father The blood type is very important.
If the mother and father's blood type are not compatible, the fetus might not be compatible with the mother which can lead to anemia or RH disease.
Treatment can administered if you know this during pregnancy 11.
Prescription Medication Review with your physician any prescription medication that you are taking before trying to get pregnant.
You may have to stop some medications like drugs for heart disorder, blood thinners and some medications for depression and anxiety.
In most cases there are alternate medications that you can take that are safe during pregnancy.
Some prescription drugs also contain caffeine which is a stimulant that cause hormonal imbalance and affects ovulation.
Before you conceive, you want to prepare your body for maximum fertility.
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