You’re getting ready – congratulations!

One of the most important things you can do when you’re trying to prepare your body to get pregnant is to make a lifestyle change. Self-care has to be on top of your list, if you desire to get pregnant soon. So what does that look like? I’ll take the time to highlight a step-by-step process to help you in your journey.

Exercise

Have a regular exercise routine before you get pregnant can help your body manage all the changes that you will experience during the pregnancy and labor. If you can, join a gym. If not, you can watch videos or join a walking group in your community. I tend to find having an exercise partner to be very useful when I don’t feel like it, especially after a long day in the office. Sometimes, getting that motivational push can make all the difference.

As a reminder, talk to your physician about the kind of exercise and how much is appropriate for you.

Commit to a Balanced Diet

If you’re not at a healthy body weight, commit and strive to get there.

If you are a smoker, try to quit before getting pregnant. Avoid alcohol, drugs and limit your caffeine intake.

Here are a few steps to follow to a healthy diet before you get pregnant.

  • Eat more organic foods.
  • Eat foods that are high in protein.
  • Avoid canned foods; choose fresh foods.
  • Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains are full of antioxidants like vitamins C and E, folate, lutein, and beta-carotene. Infertility doesn’t only impact women but also affect men, so taking antioxidant supplement or having a regular antioxidant rich diet can improve fertility rates, especially among men with infertility issues.
  • Replace soda with water (choose BPA-free bottles). If you’re not drinking enough water then this can lead to dehydration and negative effects on your fertility.
  • Eat about 12 ounces (oz), or 340g of fish a week; avoid eating more than that.
  • Read labels to make sure your favorites are pasteurized.

Take Daily Vitamins

Before you want to get pregnant, either ask your physician for recommendations or look for vitamins with folic acid.

Folic acid is highly important. It reduces the risk of birth defects, specifically problems with the baby’s spine. Some vitamins can cause birth defects if you take above the recommended daily amounts. For example, high doses of vitamins A, D, E, and K.

What about other things that enter our bodies daily that we are not aware of – like toxins. Naturally, some things will not be in your control but there are a few things that are.

Things you can do:

  • Use chemical-free home and personal products
  • Avoiding certain beauty services
  • Be aware of synthetic fragrances – try to avoid

See a Physician

Discuss your current health and your family history with your physician. Some health issues in your family history can be passed on to your children. If it’s not suggested by your physician, ask to see a genetic counselor.

There will be blood tests needed before and during your pregnancy journey. Your current health conditions will need to be stabilized before you get pregnant. For example, obesity, asthma, diabetes, etc.

Look into using an ovulation kit and keep a calendar to monitor when to plan on having sex. Naturally these kits are not 100 percent accurate but they can be very useful tools in your journey.

While you’re visiting your physician, add the dentist to the list. Making sure your teeth are in good condition and developing good brushing habits prior to getting pregnant will protect you from pregnancy gingivitis and cavities.

As a rule, the couple should get checked since it takes two to conceive. About a third of infertility cases relate to the male partner. Do your due diligence and know the facts about both you and your partner/spouse. Both parties should follow the same plan in terms of health habits, and exercise routine.

Ultimately, you want to do as much as you can before you get pregnant, so that you can reduce your risk of complications in pregnancy and labor.

Minimize Stress

Rest, rest, and plenty of rest. Get plenty of it and relax. While your are planning on getting pregnant, try to relax as much as possible. Ask your physician, what would be the best techniques for you, i.e. yoga, pilates, zumba, Aerobics, etc.

 

Take mini getaways or staycations. Time out reduces stress and will boost your immune system. Create moments to relax and enjoy stress-free environments. Sometimes, the company we keep makes all the difference in the amount of stress we have in our lives. All that said, be mindful of the friends and family members that you have close by. Make sure their vibes are positive.

Now, You are Prepared to Get Pregnant – Have Fun!

Have fun with the process! Don’t turn sex into a chore, enjoy making memories with each other. Be spontaneous and make it passionate. Have unprotected sex during your cycle. Create intentional lovemaking habits to strengthen your relationship and increase your pregnancy chances.

Once you are pregnant, speak to your physician/midwife about certain activities that are not safe for you and your baby. Limit the amount of lifting you used to do.

Happy baby making! Here’s some baby dust to follow you through this wonderful journey. May this experience be all that you dreamed that it would be.

Leave a comment…..please share your bump story…..or simply share a thought!

14 thoughts on “How to Prepare to Get Pregnant – In Less Than a Year”

  1. Good post. This is really important even when you are not getting ready to be pregnant. After all, staying healthy is good for us. I am quite curious on what mothers do after giving birth, how do they remain healthy given that they have a child they need to take care?

    1. Hello Vincent! Thanks for your comments!  Your question is so valid. Post delivery will eventually be one of the future posts; hopefully, you’ll stop by to leave a comment. One of the key things that I hope parents do is to keep some of these healthy habits even after they’ve given birth.  In actuality, staying healthy is a win-win for everyone. 

  2. I really did not prepare my body to get pregnant when I had my first child and I surely regretted it. 

    Now that we are ready for a second one I will not fail to prepare my body to get pregnant this time around. The benefits are life saving, energy saying and money saving. 

    It also reduces the risks of child and mother mortality. 

    1. Peace – thank you so much for your comments. Yes, preparation can help reduce the child and mother mortality rate – for sure! Best of all to you with the second child. 

  3. This is very informative. Most people do not not take a lot of thought into preparing their body to go through this life changing process of getting pregnant, housing another human in that womb and giving birth. The preparation of the body for pregnancy can play a huge part in the health of the baby. So,it is really important to pay attention to exercising,nutrition, mental and emotional wellbeing while preparing for this huge change.

  4. This is educative. You have said it all, while it is the joy of every woman to have a baby, you have mentioned here a lot of reasons some experience delay in getting pregnant. stress can prevent a woman from conceiving, and after conceiving, it could lead to a miscarriage. Women should adjust their lifestyle and take plenty of rest while preparing to get pregnant. I agree with you that men should also get checked. We needed another baby ‘badly’ after our first child, and I knew I was responsible for the delay of my wife pregnancy. I discussed with a colleague and he got me a herbal remedy and that was all. Nice one

    1. Tolu – good to hear that you also got checked and was able to find a remedy to help you. Thank you so much for the comments. 

  5. Great information, thanks for sharing!
    There are couples who can easily have a baby, but also there are some who have been having a hard time mostly because of being busy and tired all the time. Your information is helpful for couples like the latter.
    I will for sure recommend this to some of my couple friends who are preparing to get pregnant.

    1. Hanna – thanks for your encouraging words. True…for some it tends to be easier. I did experience a long period of waiting which is why I find this topic so dear to me. I’m truly speaking from experience and hope that my readers will hear my heart behind every post.

  6. After reading a valuable and informative article about Prepare to Get Pregnant, I learned a lot of new things. It is really a useful article indeed. For the last two months, I’ve been trying to conceive. This is the first time :p
    All the tips are obviously useful to me. I am bookmarking the page to show my husband.
    Thanks to the author for the excellent article.

    Regards,
    Rgpratap.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Rgpratap. It’s always good to hear that these tips are useful and are helping folks in their pregnancy journey. Best of all to you and your husband! 

  7. Great article Dee Dee,

    I’m planning to marry the love of my life and have a baby next year because she can’t seem to stop talking about it, glad to come across these tips of yours! I got the chemical-free vitamins part down but I’m more curious on beauty services, are there products which we should avoid?

    1. Congratulations on finding the love of your life, Riaz!  In terms of beauty products, a lot of them have chemicals that you should avoid when trying to get pregnant. My suggestion is simply to read the labels and try to stick to more natural/organic products. Happy planning! Thanks for the comments! 

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