10 Prenatal Tips Before Trying to Conceive

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If you are considering becoming pregnant in the near future, there are many things that you can do to improve your chances of conceiving quickly. For some couples, the road to becoming parents is smooth and easy. However, for others it is much more difficult and a great deal of planning must take place in order for them to become pregnant. In order to make your journey easier, be sure to consider the following 10 items so that you can make sure that you become pregnant when you are ready to do so.

1. See your Doctor

It is important to schedule a preconception appointment long before you are ready to conceive. Your doctor will be able to go over any health issues that you may have as well as look at any medical history that may affect your ability to become pregnant. This is also a good time to ask any questions and acquire prescriptions for prenatal vitamins as well.

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2. Take a Prenatal Vitamin

Taking a prenatal vitamin while you are preparing to conceive is a good idea for any woman. Prenatal vitamins contain many healthy nutrients that can help increase a woman’s fertility and help improve the chances that she will have of becoming pregnant when she is ready to conceive. Although your doctor may prescribe a specific brand for you, they are also available over-the-counter.

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3. Eat Healthy

When you’re trying to conceive it is important that you maintain a healthy diet in order to gain all the nutrients that you need for the health of your fertility. You should begin eating a healthy diet long before you are ready to become pregnant so that the nutrients have time to build up in your body and improve your chances of becoming pregnant.

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4. Get in Shape

Weight is a leading cause of couples having issues with becoming pregnant. It is important to get to a healthy BMI before you are ready to conceive so that you will not find that your weight is causing you to become infertile.

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5. Drink Lots of Water

Water has many health benefits regardless of whether you are trying to become pregnant or not. However, for women who are trying to become pregnant, water can help improve their cervical mucus and make it easier for sperm to find the egg and fertilize it. It is a good idea to drink eight glasses of water every day to promote the health of your cervical mucus.

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6. Remove Stress

Stress has also been shown to be an issue when couples are looking to become pregnant. You should try to remove as much stress from your life when you’re trying to become pregnant so that your mind and body is at ease as you go to the process. There are many stress reducing exercises and procedures that you can undergo that may be beneficial to you.

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7. Consider Sperm Health

Keep in mind that the health of your partner sperm is also important when you are ready to conceive. Since it takes a man three months to reproduce the sperm, is important that you focus on the health of it early on in the conception process.

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8. Consider Your Alternatives

You may also want to think about the alternatives that you may need to take in order to become pregnant if you find that you are infertile. These could be items such as fertility treatments or adoption options.

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9. Consider Taking Supplements

There are many over-the-counter supplements that can help you to conceive faster. During your preconception appointment, you may want to discuss these options with your doctor so that you know which ones will be best for you and your partner to take while you are looking to conceive.

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10. Think  About Fertility Treatments

Since fertility treatments are very expensive, it is a good idea to think about them early on in the process of becoming pregnant. This way you will be prepared if you need to go this route in order to become pregnant and will have prepared financially and emotionally for this journey.

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11. Conclusion

When you’re considering becoming pregnant in the near future, is important that you take into consideration the items listed above in order to make your journey easier. Couples who focus on improving the areas that have been listed above have found that it is easier to become pregnant and there is less stress involved when they are ready to conceive and have a child of their own.

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Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.