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Things to Do Before Trying To Get Pregnant

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A woman needs to prepare her body well in order to adapt to the changes that come along with pregnancy. There are plenty of things a woman can do before getting pregnant such as keeping track on menstrual cycle, quit smoking and eating healthy food. In this article, find out about things to do before trying to get pregnant.

Are you planning to get pregnant? For a woman who wants to get pregnant, the most important thing to keep in mind is to take good care of her body. There are a plenty of things women can do to improve their odds of having a baby. A woman should know her body well, specifically tracking her menstrual cycle. In order to prepare the body for a healthy pregnancy, there are some things a woman should do like visiting her doctor, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and keep a track of her reproductive health through regular testing. Here are the steps you can follow to help your body prepare for a healthy pregnancy.

Visit a Doctor

Before you step onto the path of conceiving, you should consult a doctor. A woman's body can be subjective to many symptoms, so it is necessary to find out which stage you are at in terms of conception. If a woman is trying to get pregnant, it is important to keep a track of the menstrual cycle and know some pregnancy tips and signs of pregnancy. Consulting a doctor or a timely checkup can help avoid many uncertainties during pregnancy.

Tell the doctor if you are dependent on any medications and ask them questions. A pre-pregnancy checkup makes sure:

  • Vaccinations are up-to-date 
  • Keeps a check for STDs ( Sexually transmitted disease)
  • Keeps a check on health issues like high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Keeps a check on chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes and thyroid problems
  • Help ensure that the partner has no chronic conditions 
  • Checks whether medications may affect sperm count or cause other fertility problems

Consulting a doctor is a good start for those women who are planning to get pregnant, especially for those who have health issues like diabetes, epilepsy or mental health issues.

Watch Your Diet

It is very important to maintain a balanced diet when trying to conceive. One should always pay extra attention to the do’s and don'ts when it comes to pre-pregnancy diet. Diet before and during pregnancy can affect the baby’s development in the womb and its health in the future. Try to include lots of vitamins, proteins, fruit juice, fruits, green leafy vegetables, calcium-rich food, unsaturated fats, and whole grains. Stay away from alcohol, smoking and reduce caffeine intake as much as possible. Visit the doctor and get hands-on advice on what to eat and what to avoid. A woman can improve her fertility by eating a healthy, balanced diet. Consultation with a dietitian is required for those who have a condition such as diabetes that requires specific diets and nutritional requirements.

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Quit Smoking

Smoking can give rise to a number of health conditions and it can affect the fertility in both men and women. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, of which at least 250 harmful chemicals are present in tobacco smoke along with 69 other chemicals that can cause cancer. They contain hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and ammonia all of which are extremely harmful. Smoking can reduce a woman's chances of conceiving, it can also damage the DNA of a baby. According to the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine), it has been found that it takes longer for a woman to conceive if she smokes because it makes a woman's eggs more prone to genetic abnormalities and increases risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. In fact, female smokers who have IVF (In vitro Fertilization) have to attempt more than two times as compared to nonsmoking women in order to conceive. In addition, it has been found that men who smoke cigarettes have a lower sperm count, motility and more sperm abnormalities.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

A woman’s weight and BMI also plays a very important role in determining her fertility. Pregnancy gives lots of strain to a woman’s body, so it is important to maintain a healthy weight before pregnancy to prevent exertion.

Exercise and staying active can help to improve mood, energy levels, reduces stress. If a woman has a high BMI, it can reduce fertility and increases the risk of complications in pregnancy. Bringing down the BMI can make a big difference, however, if BMI is in the underweight range this can also affect pregnancy. A woman with a low BMI or a very high BMI can have the following symptoms:

  • Irregular or missed periods
  • Underweight can stop ovulating altogether
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Birth defects 
  • Need for a c-section

Eating the right food, drinking water and regular exercise is the key to a healthy pregnancy.

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Limit Caffeine

Cut back your caffeine intake because too much caffeine intake can trigger and increase the risk of miscarriage. One can also stay away from other common sources of caffeine, like diet coke, soda, tea, energy drinks, and even certain pain relief medications. Too much caffeine in pregnancy can cause the following complications:

  • Harmful to the developing baby ( baby weight)
  • Fertility problems in future baby planning 
  • Lesser chances of conceiving in future
  • Increases the gestation period
  • Frequent urination because of dehydration
  • Disturbance in sleep
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Preterm birth risk

Caffeine is extremely unhealthy, especially if a woman is trying to conceive. A pregnant woman should try to drink less coffee even after delivery because the baby's body cannot metabolize caffeine at such a young age, which is related to breastfeeding.

Avoid Infections

Stay clean and stay away from an environment, which can cause infections when you are trying to get pregnant. Avoid junk food such as unpasteurized soft cheeses and other dairy products, cold and raw foods, under-cooked fish and poultry. These foods can cause food borne illness because they can harbor dangerous bacteria that cause listeriosis leading to miscarriage or stillbirth. One should also avoid uncovered food and unpasteurized juices because they can contain bacteria such as salmonella or E. coli. Make sure you wash your hands with soap when preparing meals, after going to the toilet and keep clean especially the genital area. Wear gloves whenever required, example: gardening, emptying trash can, cleaning the toilet etc.

Avoid Painkillers

Taking painkillers to relieve body pain is not always the best solution. Painkillers can cause a serious health problem later and are dangerous for the baby. Try to avoid painkillers, if pain persists consult the doctor.

While the idea of getting pregnant is fulfilling and exciting, with it comes a range of responsibilities. Therefore, it is important to make your plans carefully before you take the plunge.

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Obstetrician Dr. Deepika Tiwari
Gurgaon

Dr. Deepika Tiwari is an infertility specialist and obstetrician who specializes in Normal vaginal delivery, Cervical cerclage, Infertility treatments, Urinary Incontinence Treatment and Gynecology problems. Dr. Deepika completed MBBS and MS in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the year 2003 and 2008 respectively. Dr. Deepika is a member of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI). Presently, Dr. Deepika Tiwari is practicing her expertise at HCL Healthcare Clinic, Sector 54, Gurgaon and Cloudnine Clinic, Sector 56, Gurgaon. For more information about Dr. Deepika Tiwari, visit elawoman.com

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36 Comments

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Pooja Sinha

Very informative blog. Thanks a lot, Ela.

July 18, 2018, 6:36 p.m. 5.0

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Shahyadri Saxena

Hello, I have been trying to get pregnant for last 10 years and no luck yet. I wanna give up, I go to doctors and still nothing? Please help me out.

June 27, 2018, 9:08 p.m. 5.0

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Tabassum Fatima

My fertile days are on and today I drank red bull and cramps started. What to do now, please suggest me something?

June 25, 2018, 11:54 p.m. 5.0

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Heena Rajput

I am 32 years old. I visited the doctor after 4 months of trying just to make sure everything is fine. My gynecologist suggested me few tests and also advised me to start taking Letrozole and Ovabless tablets for 5 days. Is it fine to take these medications?

June 25, 2018, 12:52 a.m. 5.0

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Pooja Rana

Hello, I am Pooja. I am trying for a baby for 5 years but no results. My doctor has put me on Clomid now. Will it help me or shall I undergo IVF treatment?

June 22, 2018, 10:28 p.m. 5.0

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Shraddha Rawat

I had a silent miscarriage in October 2017 and had to have D & C. We have been trying to conceive since then with failed attempts. Is there anything I can do to try and conceive?

June 22, 2018, 2:34 p.m. 5.0

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Shivani Bhutani

That's really an amazing post. Helpful tips for women who are trying to get pregnant.

June 4, 2018, 6:48 p.m. 5.0

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Sumana Banerjee

Is it advisable to take up activities like swimming or belly dance during ovulation, when one is trying to conceive?

June 3, 2018, 7:04 a.m. 5.0

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Ruchika Shukla

I am also using Ela Ovulation tracker to calculate my best days. Following these tips will help me more along with the use of ovulation calculator.

June 1, 2018, 12:47 p.m. 5.0

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Bina Tripathi

In my opinion, a healthy diet and exercise are more important things to take care of while trying to conceive.

May 31, 2018, 6:53 p.m. 5.0

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Anshu Krishna

Great tips to conceive. I am going to follow these tips to get pregnant for sure.

May 31, 2018, 1:20 p.m. 5.0

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Talin Mukherjee

Hi doctor! I am 31 year old with O -ve blood group. We are trying for a baby. My last period came on 26th February (30 days cycle). I am having symptoms of pregnancy (Dizziness, lower back pain, Headache, Cramps, increased body temperature, occasionally, tender breast). I missed my period on 28th...

April 3, 2018, 4:14 p.m. 4.5

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Saket Sukarman

Hi doctor, I am 30+ having PCOS and a 4.5 cm x 3.2 cm uterine myoma. I had done all the tests including tube patency test all the reports are ok and the doctor is saying not to worry about the myoma but trying to conceive from the last 1 year almost and using lubic gel. But the doctor told me not...

March 31, 2018, 10:32 p.m. 5.0

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diana

Hi, I have rheumatoid arthritis. Is it more difficult to get pregnant with this illness? I already have one baby and it took me only 2 months to get pregnant. Thank you.

March 31, 2018, 11:17 a.m. 4.5

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RJay

Hello mam, I am 33 years old and my husband is 36 and we are trying for last 6 years, but on 8th march I had done my first IUI, but now I'm bleeding little bit, don't know what to do?

March 27, 2018, 1:01 p.m. 4.5

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Sudama Charan

i also trying from last 1 year. I take medical treatment but we stop medical treatment last 2 months ago. In my daily diet I am taking Amway nutrilite folic acid. Please tell me what can I do?

March 25, 2018, 4:17 p.m. 5.0

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Ayisha

I have thyroid and PCOS and have irregular periods. TTC for the past 3 years. I really want to know when do I ovulate.

March 25, 2018, 2:46 a.m. 4.5

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Gajanan Bhaskar

I'm 22 with blood group O+ and my husband is 25 years with blood group O -ve. We are trying to conceive from last 6 months but no positive results. Please advise what to do.

March 23, 2018, 7:35 p.m. 5.0

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Vyom Govindraj

I am 32 yrs old, I have hypothyroidism and I am taking thyronorm 100 mg since 5 years. In tests my TSH is normal. Can I start taking ovacare multivitamin supplement for conceiving?

March 22, 2018, 2:39 p.m. 5.0

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Palani Sritharan

Thanks for sharing knowledgeable information. I enjoyed reading your blog.

March 21, 2018, 5:05 p.m. 4.5

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Rini

I want to know that every time when me and hubby get intimated all the thing which he ejaculates in me get leaked out the next morning. What should I do?

Feb. 21, 2018, 8:42 a.m. 5.0

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Steph123

I started my period but this whole month I've been getting symptoms of being pregnant can there be another reason why I started bleeding or is it just my period?

Feb. 21, 2018, 5:55 a.m. 4.5

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Amanda Heath

We have been trying to conceive since August 2017. I exercise daily and have been taking prenatal vitamins since my last pregnancy. Also, I eat a very healthy diet. What can I do to encourage my chances of conceiving?

Feb. 20, 2018, 10:22 p.m. 5.0

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Rahi Fais

I have been trying for the last 2 years. I am so sad. Getting on 44 and I am losing hope.

Feb. 11, 2018, 12:02 a.m. 5.0

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Wajidali Jayasinghe

I had a stillbirth in November and up till now I've not taken any chances to get pregnant because my doctor said it won't take me much time to conceive, please tell me what are my chances now?

Feb. 10, 2018, 11:57 a.m. 4.5

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Aarti Kanwar Jhala

I am trying to conceive for 6 months but I am not successful. 2 months before I visited a doctor and she gave me ovacare tablet. Please help how can I become pregnant fast?

Jan. 24, 2018, 9:28 a.m. 4.5

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Dallas

I just turned 38 and my husband is 49. This will be my 3rd child and his 2nd but I am wondering am I too old but we are being healthy do I still have a good chance?

Jan. 22, 2018, 1:36 a.m. 5.0

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Tinak

It took me 6 years to get my daughter. One day a friend told me to lay on my back during sex with a pillow under my bottom. When done prop legs up either on him or pillows to and lay there all night. I did it one time after 6 years and fertility meds failed and sure enough I got pregnant. You sho...

Jan. 21, 2018, 8:08 p.m. 4.5

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Prachi Singh

I have been trying to conceive since last three months. I am on folic acid 5mg and sentinel fish oil. Have PCOS and thyroid too. Please let me know if I am on the right path or I need to start taking something else.

Dec. 26, 2017, 12:26 p.m. 5.0

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Ish

I have been trying to conceive since 1 year but still no results. I went to hospital and they found I had PCOS problem. They gave me metformin and folic acid for a month. Is it possible to get pregnant by this year?

Dec. 26, 2017, 9:35 a.m. 4.5

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Kamalapathi Kawediya

I have PCOS, can I get pregnant?

Dec. 19, 2017, 4:21 a.m. 4.5

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Shrigopal Muthukaruppan

My cycle is between 35 to 37 days. I have got my ovulation test done. It had showed I am mostly fertile on day 14th, but in this it's showing I am fertile on the 22nd day. So is it true? We have been trying for 6 months now. Doctor has given me metformin, folic acid. Please suggest if I am on the...

Dec. 19, 2017, 4:20 a.m. 4.5

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Maham

Hi doctor! I am 22 years old and have been trying since one and a half year now but still I have not conceived yet. Please tell me something what I have to do as I have PCOS.

Dec. 19, 2017, 3:09 a.m. 5.0

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Mj

I've had my arm implant taken out at the end of June but my cycles were all out of order and it was hard for me to keep the track. So I'm not sure when was the last time I started. It's been 2 months since it's been out and I have been taking prenatal vitamins. So with all that being said I need ...

July 30, 2017, 9:54 a.m. 5.0

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Lauren Snowden

Ovacare is a multivitamin supplement which will help you conceive. Continue the medicines and you will soon be able to conceive. Do you have any medical conditions like PCOD, thyroid?

April 19, 2017, 7:40 p.m. 4.5

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Piyu Priya

I have been trying since a year now but haven't conceived yet. Since last 3 months I have started taking treatment. Doctor has started with haemoglobin and ovacare tablets. I am also getting regular sonograms done to check my ovulation.

April 16, 2017, 12:02 p.m. 5.0

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