For many women, getting pregnant can be a long and arduous process. Figuring out when you have the best chance of getting pregnant is complicated, as it can vary from month to month.
Maybe you are already pregnant, or you are doing your research for once you (hopefully!) become so soon. If it’s the latter, to increase your chances of getting pregnant, you could try an ovulation tracker like the one from MyHealthChecked to find out when you will be at your most fertile.
So, now you are pregnant and you’ve done all the things you need for you to stay healthy and increase your fertility – what now? It is extremely important to stay healthy for you and the baby, so let’s go through some top tips for how to stay healthy during your pregnancy.
“Eating for two” – myth busted!
According to the NHS, there is actually no need to “eat for two” even if you are expecting twins or triplets. You may feel hungrier than you used to, but you can combat this by eating a varied and balanced diet. You don’t have to cut all of your favourites out of your diet; though a few of your favourites might get listed below, you just need to eat well. Balance is not all about the day, so eat that chocolate if you’re craving it, but make sure your balance is right for the week.
Get regular checkups
In most cases, a first visit to a healthcare specialist after confirming you are pregnant won’t happen until after the 8-week mark unless there is a problem. After this, it is important to make sure you schedule regular appointments. This is usually every four weeks until week 28, every two weeks until week 36 and then once a week until delivery, but this will vary depending on your healthcare provider and where you live.
In these tests, you and the baby will be tested to make sure you are both doing well. This will check that you are both healthy, and can put your mind at rest and help relieve anxieties you might have.
What not to do
The basic advice for this is simple: don’t drink, don’t smoke (or take in second-hand smoke), don’t do drugs. Some studies also suggest you stay away from solvents like paint thinners or even nail polish remover. Doctors aren’t there to judge you, so if you think you cannot stop drinking, smoking or using drugs, let your doctor know so that they can offer you the appropriate support.
Instead of these things, make sure you take your vitamins and get your rest! Exercising the pelvic floor muscles, like with Kegel exercises, can support your bladder, bowels and uterus, making delivery easier and preventing any later incontinence. Whether this is your first baby or not, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Attend a class or talk to your parent friends. This can be a good time to ask questions and really educate yourself on all of the best ways to keep yourself and your baby healthy.