Ovuplan - Preparing for pregnancy
Making the decision to start a family will be one of the most exciting times in your life, so it’s important to make sure your mind and body is ready for the journey ahead.
When preparing to conceive your child it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle. It is important to have a well-balanced nutritional diet, and regular to moderate exercise for general health. A healthy lifestyle is vital to the healthy growth and development of your baby
Nutritional dietIt is recommended that you eat regular meals throughout the day, making sure you get a variety of food from all food groups. This ensures you are providing your body with essential nutrients and vitamins in each meal.
In your daily meals, try to include:
- A range of vegetables including vegetable proteins such as beans, and tofu, peas, corn, broccoli, spinach and chick peas
- Fibre-rich carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Try to include one serving of whole grain in every meal at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day
- Foods with healthy fats such as avocados
- Foods that are high in vitamin C, zinc and folic acids
What to avoid:
- Saturated fats
- Foods with added sugar
Maintaining a healthy body weight is important as it may assist you in your efforts to conceive your child naturally.
You can determine your ideal weight, by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) which is based on your weight and height. According to the Australian Department of Health a BMI of between 20 and 25 is considered to be a healthy weight range.
Visit www.health.gov.au to calculate your BMI.
As a general recommendation, 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day is sufficient when trying to conceive. However, this may vary on a case by case basis, so it is best to consult with your doctor about the levels of exercise and types of exercise that are safest for you as it is important that you don’t do any activities that will put your health at risk.
To make sure that your body is ready for the changes that will occur when you are pregnant; it is recommended that you visit your doctor at least 3 months before you start trying to conceive.
Pre-pregnancy check up
A pre-pregnancy check up can consist of different tests and questions asked by your doctor depending on your current health condition, but is likely to include a physical examination and medical history overview.
Your pre-pregnancy check up is also a good time to ask your doctor any questions which you may have about trying to conceive, being pregnant, how to control any medical conditions you may have, what medicines you can or can’t take during pregnancy and what pre-natal vitamins are recommended for you.
At this point it is also a good idea to assess the relationship you have with your doctor.
- Are you happy to continue seeing your doctor when you do fall pregnant?
- Do you feel comfortable and at ease with your doctor?
- Is your doctor someone you can trust?
All these things are very important when trying to conceive a child and when you are pregnant. So make sure your doctor ticks all the right boxes for you and your partner.
It’s all in the genes
Preparing yourself for pregnancy is not only an exciting time for you and your partner, but it can also be a little bit daunting, especially if you are planning your first pregnancy. So, make sure you talk to your friends and family members and ask them about their experiences in trying to conceive and being pregnant.
How long did it take them to conceive? What advice would they give you as you go through this experience?
Talk to your family about your medical history. What health conditions run in your family?
This information will be helpful to your doctor when you have your pre-pregnancy check-up, as it will help determine if any of the medical conditions that run in your family could potentially affect you.
Are you pregnant?
If you think you may be pregnant you can test using an in-home pregnancy test.
Pregnosis is a highly accurate and convenient at-home pregnancy test. With Pregnosis you can test as early as 7 to 10 days after conception.
Click here to visit Pregnosis website