9 Things To Do Before Trying To Get Pregnant

Family expansion plan, parenthood journey, or pregnancy plan is the one that bears fruits differently to different couples. Some of them succeed as they plan while some have to struggle a lot after having it and working strictly on it. The success of a family expansion plan depends on several factors such as age, reproductive health status, family history, environment, and lifestyle. 

Except for genetic causes (family background), you can increase your success in your parenthood journey by making a few changes in your lifestyle. Here, have a look the steps that you should do before trying to get pregnant:

1. Schedule pre pregnancy consultation with your doctor 

Before you start working on your family expansion plan or trying to conceive, you should consult a gynaecologist/obstetrician for pre pregnancy checkup. During the consultation, the doctor can 

  • Talk to you about your family medical history, along with your personal medical history
  • Know about the medicines you are taking 
  • Discuss how you spend your entire day at work or home
  • Ask for your good as well as bad habits 
  • Prescribe prenatal vitamins and minerals 
  • Conduct pelvic examination 
  • Request you to get your queries resolved 

2. Quit smoking 

Experts at an IVF clinic in Bangalore state that both of you should quit smoking if you do. Apart from creating complications such as delayed pregnancy, it can harm the baby you are planning to bring. Smoking has a direct link with male infertility and female infertility. In females, it increases the chance of having miscarriages. Whether you or your partner smoke, leave it before you conceive.  

3. Think of having genetic carrier screening 

You should make a move to have a genetic carrier screening if you know there is infertility with one of your or your spouse family members. With this, you can detect the possibility of inherited illnesses like cystic fibrosis, cell disease, and sickle being carried to your child. If you or your spouse is a genetic carrier of inherited diseases, genetic counsellors will help you with the best positive and effective option. 

4. Leave drinking or make it moderate 

Many studies of reproductive health have found that too much drinking, especially in the first trimester, can affect the physical and mental growth of the baby in the uterus. It leaves a very bad impact on sperm count in males. Before you conceive, both of you should leave taking alcoholic beverages. If you can’t quit it, bring it to a moderate level. Drink a peg a day or week for the sake of the upcoming baby. 

5. Get vaccinated 

During pregnancy, your immune system is weak. So, there is a higher chance of having an infection. You should check of immunisation and take the following vaccines before getting pregnant if you haven’t taken any of of them:

  • Covid-19
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis B
  • Chickenpox 
  • Mumps
  • Measles 
  • Whooping cough
  • Rubella 

6. Stop taking birth control pills or using contraceptive methods     

To enjoy your married life, focus on your career/job, or manage family responsibilities, you, your spouse, or both of you would be using contraceptive methods to avoid conception. As a female, you would be taking birth control pills. And as a couple you would be using condoms, copper T, etc. You need to stop using contraceptive methods when you start trying to conceive. 

7. Have screenings for STIs if you are highly active in your sexual life 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common for people who have a highly active sexual life or multiple sexual partners. STIs such as syphilis and gonorrhoea can create pregnancy complications and pass to your child too if you have. If you are a sex worker or have multiple sexual partners, you must test for STIs before you start working on your family expansion plan.    

8. Track your menstrual cycle and ovulation period 

Usually, a normal menstrual cycle lasts for 28 days. As per experts, you can ovulate on the day 10 to 20 if you have a regular menstrual cycle. You need to track it before you make your family expansion plan and start working on it. With this, you have an idea about the time of your ovulation. And making love before 7 days of ovulation to 1 day after ovulation can help you conceive. Having unprotected physical intimacy before a day of ovulation is better than all other days for conception.     

9. Keep a track on your bodyweight 

As a couple, especially a female partner, you should not be underweight or overweight if you want to become parents of a child. Being underweight or overweight can affect your fertility and create issues during pregnancy. So, you should start managing your body weight before trying to get pregnant. And for this, you can keep a close eye on your BMI.      

Conclusion 

When it comes to conception, a couple needs to take care of numerous things. Most things have a direct link with their reproductive health and lifestyle. Having an idea about such things can facilitate you in your pregnancy plan.