A vital, healthy pregnancy begins long before you become pregnant, and ensuring that your prepared both mentally and physically well in advance is crucial to a healthy baby and healthy mum. So taking time to learn what you can do now to make sure any future pregnancies are planned and healthy could be as simple as some basic pregnancy planning. At OvulationCalculator.ie, and in conjunction with our sister site fertilitystore.ie we have chosen high performing, highly effective market leading brands and products to support you through every aspect of your pregnancy - prenatally, postnatally and perinatally.
Preconception health is the health of a woman before she becomes pregnant and understanding how certain health conditions and risk factors may affect a woman or her unborn baby. For example, certain foods, medicines, health issues such as diabetes and family history of genetic conditions can all adversely affect the pregnancy. It is recommended that all women should be vigilant with her health regardless of whether she is planning to become pregnant as half of all pregnancies are unplanned, and an unplanned pregnancy can leave you more at risk for a preterm birth and low weight babies. It is thought the five most important things to boost your preconception health are the use of Pregnancy Vitamins, and moderating your lifestyle by stopping smoking and drinking alcohol. If you do have a medical condition such as diabetes, asthma, obesity, oral health or epilepsy, that it is under control and medical supervision. Talk to your GP about any medications that you may be taking whether prescription or over the counter, this includes dietary and herbal supplements and that your vaccinations are up to date. It also important to avoid toxic substances such as chemical and cat and rodent faeces.
Consult with your GP before planning your pregnancy, learn how healthy food choices and physical fitness can help you maintain or reach a healthy weight, visit our Sports & Exercise section for inspiration. Preconception care can improve your chances of a successful conception, and if you are sexually active talk to your GP about your preconception health now. Ideally preconception care should begin at least 3 months before, but some women may require more time, and it is the perfect opportunity to discuss your partner’s health too.
Trying to Conceive
How do you know when you are ovulating? When are you at your most fertile, and if experiencing problems conceiving, how to boost your chances of conception? Our Ovulation Calculator and our selection of award winning Fertility Aids, Fertility Monitors, Ovulation Predictor Kits and Pregnancy Tests and Ovulation Tests are available now to provide rapid, accurate results to your fertility questions.
Knowing if you are Pregnant
Tests designed to provide accurate, rapid, detailed results include Home Pregnancy Tests, or GP delivered Blood Tests. All Pregnancy Tests work by detecting the pregnancy hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), this hormone is made when the fertilised egg implants in the lining of the uterus. The HCG levels rapidly increase in the body with every passing day you are pregnant, so brands such as Clearblue, First Response and Midstream offer a variety of tests, delivering results as soon as 6 days prior to ther first day of your missed period, and offering dates of conception and much more.