1. Don’t rush yourself.
Prior to planning pregnancy, you should learn more about the things involved in getting pregnant. It involves carrying a baby inside you for nine months, caring for a child for a number of years, and many more. Consider these things, so that you can properly assess if you are ready for pregnancy.
2. Planning for pregnancy.
Learn more about pregnancy, and seek medical help if you need to. Getting pregnant may not come as a walk in the park to some couples. However, with proper planning, such as visiting your doctor for tips and following healthy habits, you should be on your way to having a child. In addition, make sure to avoid certain things that can affect your pregnancy, such as alcohol and tobacco.
3. Increase your chances for getting pregnant.
The more you make love with your spouse, the more chances you would have in getting pregnant. However, you should also make sure that you are both in top condition. Thus, you should exercise regularly. Aside from that, you should also eat a well-balanced diet, and get enough rest.
4. Be ready for the challenges.
Pregnancy can let you and your spouse come across many challenges. Aside from feeling sick and tired more often, you may also experience a lot of mood swings. Thus, you should have constant communication with your spouse, so that he can also support you effectively.
5. Dealing with changes.
Once you get pregnant, you would have to go through certain changes. One of which is gaining weight, which can affect a woman’s self-esteem. However, you should consider that gaining weight is part of the normal process of pregnancy, which also assures that your baby is healthy. After giving birth to your child, you can easily shed off the excess weight through dieting and exercising. You will also have changes in your hormones that can cause headaches, nausea, metallic taste in your mouth and acid reflux. Every women is different and may have some or none of these symptoms.
6. Knowing your ovulation schedule.
One of the keys to getting pregnant is knowing your ovulation schedule better. You can easily determine it basing on your monthly menstrual period. However, if you have irregular period, then it can become challenging. Visit your doctor for it, so that you can have better guidance.
7. You are not the only factor involved, when it comes to getting pregnant.
You should also keep in mind that in order to get pregnant, your partner should also take care of himself. Aside from avoiding unhealthy practices such as smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, or staying late at nights, your partner also has to have regular exercise. Additionally, he should also avoid hot baths and Jacuzzi.
8. Know when to see a doctor.
If it has been a year, and you are still unsuccessful in conceiving a baby with your partner, even if you are both healthy, then it may be time to see a doctor. Seeing your doctor should help you determine whether there is an underlying medical problem behind it. Aside from that, he can also offer you the right solution for your problem.
9. Know the signs of pregnancy.
It is very important that you familiarize yourself of the signs and symptoms of pregnancy, so that you can immediately take necessary actions for it, such as visiting a doctor. Some of the signs would include lost or delay of your menstruation, feeling nausea, and such. Once you notice the signs, don’t keep it to yourself and tell your partner about it.
10. Pregnancy tests.
There are lots of pregnancy tests available in drugstores and supermarkets these days. To see if you are pregnant, you can easily purchase one and use it. It the test shows that you are positive for pregnancy, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor, so that you can have it confirmed.
Dr. Challotine Cius-Bonds, DNM, ND, HHP, NHP, MH, NC