Important Tips to Remember When Trying For a Baby
When trying for a baby, many couples go into a panic mode. They try to achieve perfect timing, attempting to calculate all possibilities and to increase their chances of quick conception.
Though many tools can be used to speed up the process, couples tend to forget how important it is to have a satisfactory sex life and to refrain from stressing about getting pregnant. Several important tips need to be remembered when trying for a baby.
1) Start with a healthy lifestyle
To optimize your chances of conceiving a healthy baby, it’s important to look at the way you’re living your life. What improvements can you and your partner make to your lifestyles?
To begin, look at cutting a few things out of your life. Begin avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. You’ll want to have a healthy pregnancy and these vice can directly affect the health of the baby, even at conception.
Set a goal with your partner to exercise daily. If you and your partner don’t exercise currently, start small. Take a walk around the neighborhood together. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, it can have so many benefits.
It’s another way that you both can spend some quality time together outside of the bedroom. Not only will you have another way to bond, but getting into an exercise routine is another step to conceiving a healthy baby.
Once you have an exercise routine developed, this is something you’ll want to stick with during pregnancy and after you deliver your baby. It will help you gain weight appropriately while carrying your child and help you lose any baby weight after delivery.
Examine your diet. When I began looking at my diet, the first step I took was examining my habits. I noticed one thing right away. I had horrible late night sugar cravings. Because this was my worst habit, I decided to tackle it right away.
I’d advise you to do the same. Write down what you eat in a day and after one week, review it.
What areas can you improve on? Stop buying soda. It’s an easy thing to cut out of your diet, though you may see withdrawal symptoms. Instead, replace it with water with lemon or some iced tea.
End the late night sugar binges and instead, have a cup of tea with some honey and a square of dark chocolate. Small improvements to your diet can make all the difference!
Remove toxins from your home. You know what your FeBreeze spray, ‘apple cider’ scented candle and window cleaner all have in common? Chemicals. These chemicals have been known to cause disruptions to hormones in animals. Shocking, right?
Switching up your cleaning habits by using natural cleaners and scents is a great way to improve your healthy lifestyle! Use vinegar and water instead of the usual bleach spray. Throw away those toxic candles and replace them with an essential oil diffuser. These small steps will make your home a much better environment for your future baby.
Any lifestyle improvements you make will naturally bring your stress levels down. Improving your health and environment is the best step towards preparing to conceive.
2) Doing the deed
We know that the only natural way to conceive a baby is by actually doing the deed. But there are a few important things to remember about this.
Experts suggest that a satisfactory, healthy sex life is sufficient for most couples that are trying to get pregnant. For the average couple, having unprotected sex every few days will inevitably result in a pregnancy.
Having sex too often can lead to a decreased sperm count and ultimately reduce your chances of having a baby. It’s recommended to aim for having sex with your partner three times a week.
Typically a couple will get pregnant within a year by having a healthy sex life and staying away from contraceptives. If you just recently made the decision to stop your birth control, it may take you a bit longer.
Women that stop contraceptives usually need a few months to regain their normal cycle and begin ovulating again. If you’re in this category, understand it can take up to two years to conceive naturally.
3) Visit your OBGYN or your midwife
Whether you’re planning on having your baby in a hospital or at home, talk to your healthcare provider. They know your medical history and can give you helpful advice when trying for a baby.
There are several factors you may not be considering as you try for a baby. Both you and your partner should visit your doctors. They can identify any risks or issues you could encounter as you try to conceive.
Things like your family history, current medical conditions and lifestyle can affect your chances of having a baby. Luckily, there are several ways to improve your fertility if there are health issues or family history of infertility. Working with your doctor or midwife can help you achieve the pregnancy you’ve always desired!
4) Have fun!
Trying for a baby is a really special time for all couples. Especially if it’s their first! This is a major milestone in the relationship that should be fully enjoyed.
For many couples, trying to conceive can be incredibly stressful. Failing to see results over a longer period of time can increase the level of your anxiety. It’s important to focus on the positives during this time.
Like I said above, making those natural lifestyle changes will reduce your stress during this exciting time. Seeing a doctor and having a healthy sex life will also bring you peace of mind during this new season in your life.
Have fun with your partner, show your love for each other and enjoy every moment of this special period in your lives. Enjoy the quality time you both will spend with each other. Just think, once the baby comes along, you’ll be longing for those quiet, relaxing moments you both once had!