Q: I want to fall pregnant, what do I do?
If you have a desire to fall pregnant, it is important to prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy. If you were not into a healthy lifestyle yet, this is a good time for you and your partner to start! This will help your body to get rid of toxins and create an optimal environment for your baby to grow. The very beginning of your pregnancy when you not even aware of you being pregnant, is an important period for the health of your baby. The baby develops with a rapid speed in those first weeks and thats why you should be as healthy as possible. Also, start taking folic acid (0,4-0,5 mg per day). Folic acid is a vitamin (B11) and known to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. Best is to start taking it four weeks before you conceive until 10 weeks into pregnancy.
In order to fall pregnant, one needs to have sex around your ovulation. But how do you know when that is? Start by getting grip on your menstrual cycle. Write down the first day of your last menstrual period, this is the first day of your cycle. Once your period is over, your uterus starts to prepare itself for a possible pregnancy. Your ovulation happens around 14 days before you start your menstruating again, regardless the length of your cycle. With a regular cycle of about 28 days, de ovulation will be two weeks since the first day of your period. Say your cycle is 24 days, then ovulation happens around day 10 of your cycle. The mature egg that is released from your ovary, lives about 24 hours and sperm 48-72 hours. To work out when you are likely to ovulate, look at the expected date of your next menstrual period. Count back 14 days, and then another five days, those five days are your fertile period. Click here to read more.
If you are in tune with your body, you will be aware of symptoms such as vaginal discharge, breast tenderness and increased sex drive. Your basal body temperature will be increased swell. If you are looking at ways to help increase your chances of conception, start by charting your cycle each month. Perhaps you have just begun the conception ‘rollercoaster’ or maybe you are looking at ways to help increase your chances at conception. Read on – because it’s amazing what you can learn about your own body and even help it to conceive by simply charting your cycle each month. Click here to read more, or try this ovulation calculator.
You can book an appointment with your midwife for a pre-conception consultation. She will give you specific information that you need. If you have been trying to fall pregnant for more than a year, then it is advisable to make an appointment with a gynaecologist.
Q: I am pregnant, what do I do?
Once your pregnancy is confirmed it would be good to make an appointment with your midwife or doctor. Meanwhile make sure that you are not taking any medicine, alcohol, nicotine or drugs as they are all harmful to the developing baby. If you have not started taking folic acid whilst you were trying to fall pregnant, start as soon as you have found out that you are. Folic acid is a vitamin (B11) and known to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. Best is to start taking it four weeks before you conceive until 10 weeks into pregnancy (0,4-0,5 mg per day).
If you have never been into a healthy diet, this is a great time to start! Most likely your body will automatically start asking for certain foods and rejecting others. If you listen to your body well, it will tell you what it needs. Eat a variety of food, drink lots of clean water and be active every day. If you eat healthy, there is no need to take any supplements. There are numerous pregnancy supplements on the market and I am not against them, but they can’t replace a healthy diet.
Pregnant and wondering when your baby might be due? Click here to access an online due date calculator.