9 Important Tips You Should Know Before You Conceive a Baby

1

Know When You’re Ovulating
For women wanting to get pregnant, you first need to know when you’re ovulating. Women ovulate two weeks before their next period and, according to doctors, are likely to get pregnant five days prior to ovulation.

Keeping track of your cycles and ovulation can be tricky with a busy lifestyle. Take advantage of helpful resources, like menstrual and ovulation calculators, to be sure you’re trying to conceive when you’re the most fertile.

2

Complete a Pre-Pregnancy Check-Up
A healthy pregnancy starts with making sure both partners are in good health to have a baby. At your pre-pregnancy appointment, you doctor will complete a full physical exam and will check your medical history to make sure there is nothing that could affect your pregnancy.

The genetic history of both partners and families will also be examined to reduce the risk of passing a chromosomal condition to your baby. If there is a cause for concern in your history, your doctor may recommend a carrier screening test to determine exactly your risk of passing a genetic disease to your baby.

3

Check Your Meds
The medications you are taking could have a major impact on the health of you baby. Some aren’t “baby-friendly” and could cause birth defects. Avoid any unnecessary health risk by discussing any current medication you are taking with your doctor. This includes prescriptions, over the counter meds, vitamins and supplements.

4

Increase Intake of Iron-Rich Foods
Anemia is a common problem among Indian women. In fact, India is home to the highest number of anemic women in the world. It has also been found that anemia is the top cause of maternal deaths in India – making it a major cause for concern for anyone who is pregnant or is thinking about conceiving.

To prevent anemia, be sure your diet includes food rich in iron. Increase your consumption of meat, raisins, prunes, beans and spinach to fortify your iron levels.

5

Add Fertility-Boosting Foods to Your Diet
Infertility is becoming an issue for a lot of Indian couples. Stress, caffeine intake, smoking and your age can all affect how long it takes you to conceive.

There are certain foods such as leafy greens, whole grains, eggs, legumes and meat, you can add to your diet to increase the chances of conceiving.

6

Protect Yourself from Air Pollution
Studies have shown extreme air pollution can result in preterm delivery, low birthweight and irregular brain development.

Avoid early morning walks when pollution levels are at their highest, wear a mask to filter pollutants when you must go outside and invest in an air purifier to reduce the risk in your home.

7

Consider Carrier Screening
With genetic diseases being so widespread throughout India, you may want to consider a carrier screening test – especially if you suffer from a genetic condition or have a family history of one. These DNA screening tests were developed to determine if you or your partner carry any genetic disorders that could affect your baby’s health or be passed on to your baby.

8

Develop a Support System
Even the healthiest people can take more time than planned to conceive a baby. As a result, the stress of not getting pregnant right after marriage could affect your overall health and slow down your chances of conceiving. To combat this, make sure you have a support system in place that you can turn to when you’re feeling overwhelmed and unsure.

9

Check Something off Your Bucket List
Before your life is consumed with doctor appointments, baby showers and preparing your home for your newest arrival, be sure you and your partner take some time for yourselves. There is no better time to check something off your bucket list than pre-conception.