Do You Really Need A Pregnancy Planner?
Getting pregnant and starting a family is not a decision you’re taking lightly. You want to plan ahead to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, and that your baby is as healthy as possible. A pregnancy planner can help you do this.
The question is: how do you go about planning a pregnancy? What should you be planning exactly? We’ll help clear things up by guiding you through the planning process.
How to Plan a Pregnancy
Planning doesn’t start after the stick turns blue; it starts before you conceive. And your pre pregnancy planning should start with a trip to your doctor.
Seeing Your Doctor
If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, one of the first things you should do is visit your doctor. A healthy pregnancy starts with a healthy mom – and dad.
You doctor will want to know your family history as well as your own personal medical history. Be sure to bring a list of medications as well, so your doctor can tell you if any of them will have an effect on your ability to get pregnant.
Certain health conditions may affect your ability to have a healthy pregnancy. These conditions may include:
- Diabetes or epilepsy
- History of heart or circulatory problems
- Hereditary problems, such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia
- Female reproductive issues, such as PCOS or endometriosis
Your doctor may also want to run tests to ensure you don’t have any sexually transmitted diseases. Many doctors will also run a rubella test. Rubella (German measles) can harm your baby, especially during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy.
Simply put, you’re seeing your doctor to make sure that you’re healthy enough to get pregnant and have a child. In addition, your doctor may also be able to help you in planning a pregnancy from conception to birth.
Getting Your Nutrition in Order
During the visit with your doctor, he or she may recommend that you start taking pre-natal vitamins just to prepare your body for the pregnancy. Nutrition will now be more important than ever. You’ll be eating for two, and you want to make sure that your baby is as healthy as possible.
One key vitamin that you’ll want to up your intake of is folic acid. The CDC recommends taking 400mg a day, but your doctor will make the right dosage recommendation for you.
If your body has enough folic acid 1 month before and 1 month during your pregnancy, you reduce your chances of major birth defects of the baby’s spine and brain.
Of course, folic acid isn’t the only thing you should be focusing on. Most moms will have to make a few dietary changes to ensure that she’s ready to have a baby.
Some key dietary guidelines (based on the guidelines in the Pregnancy Miracle guide) to keep in mind are:
- Make sure that you’re getting plenty of fatty acids. These can come from dark green vegetables, eggs, broccoli, fish oil and fish (eat with caution). Some fish may contain high levels of mercury, which can be harmful to the baby, so consume fish with caution.
- Reduce your intake of acidic food. Focus on vegetables, grasses, herbs and sprouts.
- Up your intake of cruciferous vegetables. Providing you don’t have a thyroid condition, it’s a good idea to add more cruciferous vegetables to your diet. These foods are known to increase the metabolism of certain estrogens in the body, which can help boost your fertility.
- Go organic and hormone-free. Pesticides found in conventional produce are known to be hormone-disrupting. Go organic if you’re trying to get pregnant, and make sure your meats are hormone-free.
- Ditch the dairy and refined carbs. Refined carbohydrates, like those found in bread and pasta, cause spikes in your blood sugar, which leads to increased fat storage. These foods also rob your body of magnesium and zinc, which are important nutrients if you’re trying to get pregnant. Dairy products can cause inflammation and may contain harmful antibiotics.
- Consume caffeine in moderation. Some coffee is okay, but the caffeine restricts your blood vessels, which can cause fertility issues.
The bottom line: eat healthy and exercise. When you’re in good health, your baby will be in good health, too.
If you’re planning to have a baby, you need to calculate your monthly cycle to determine when you’ll be ovulating. Ovulation is your best window of opportunity to get pregnant, so use it to your advantage.
If you have reproductive issues, such as PCOS, you may not ovulate every month or get your period. If that’s the case, you’ll have a more difficult (but not impossible) time getting pregnant. Speak with your doctor to see what your treatment options are.
If you have a normal monthly cycle, ovulation will likely occur 14 days before the last day of your cycle (the day before your period). But there are a few, more accurate ways to determine if you’re ovulating (or when ovulation will occur).
- Measure your basal body temperature. Using a basal thermometer, you can track your basal body temperature to look for slight spikes. A slight increase in temperature is a good indication that you’re ovulating. You’ll need to take your temperature first thing in the morning before you even get up out of bed.
- Know your cervical mucous. Your cervical mucous will be thin, slippery and clear (or white) during ovulation.
- Use a predictor kit. These will measure the LH levels in your urine. LH is a hormone, and levels are higher during and right before ovulation.
Using a pregnancy planner will help you create plan of action for your pregnancy from pre-conception to birth. The Pregnancy Miracle program comes with planners and helpful information about fertility. Check our review by clicking here.