As you start thinking, hoping, even planning your pregnancy, the more you should begin to focus on your own health and well-being, and whether you’re in optimal condition for successful ‘baby-making’. From fertility to finances and doctors to dentists, there’s so much for you to consider, so we’ve compiled a checklist to make trying-to-conceive preparation a little easier. Check it out!
[ ] Say goodbye to birth control
[ ] Work out when your ovulating (try our Ovulation Calculator)
[ ] Learn all about Saliva Ferning
[ ] Teach yourself conception and ovulation basics
[ ] Is a digital fertility monitor for you? (Clearblue & Persona)
[ ] Potential father-to-be’s, stay away from the jacuzzies (checkout scrotum cooling!)
[ ] Consider charting basal body temperature
[ ] Think about an ovulation predictor kit (OPK’s)
[ ] Ehhh, have sex, and lots of it!
[ ] Replace your normal lube with sperm friendly lubes like Pre-Seed Lubricant
[ ] Spice it up in the bedroom and enjoy!
NUTRITIONAL & PHYSICAL FITNESS
[ ] Are you over or your partner under or over weight? See GP to workout your BMI
[ ] Supplement with a comprehensive pre-natal vitamin, to address any deficiencies
[ ] STOP Smoking!
[ ] Balance your diet and stock up on fertility friendly foods
[ ] Be active, be healthy
[ ] Cut back on the alcohol
[ ] Be active, exercise but scale back on extreme exercise
[ ] Learn to deflect and decrease your stress levels (try Fertility Yoga or Prenatal Yoga)
[ ] Get plenty of sleep
[ ] Potential daddies — try and avoid trans fats (they are linked to lower sperm count & quality)
DOCTORS, CHECKUPS & TESTS
[ ] Will your care be private or public? Interview OB/GYN’s
[ ] Arrange yours and your partners Pre-Conception Checkup
[ ] Compile a list of questions for your Pre-Conception Checkup
[ ] Give a thorough detailed account of both medical histories
[ ] Ensure your immunisations are up to date
[ ] Visit the dentist
[ ] Talk to your doc about genetic testing if applicable
[ ] Discuss the families financial situation, make sure everyone is on the same ‘baby-making’ page
[ ] Look into your health insurance and what it will cover
[ ] If your a PRSI employee ask the companies policy on maternity/paternity leave
[ ] Put a baby budget in place
[ ] Ehhh, have sex, and lots of it! Enjoy!