For those of you who don’t know, I got married earlier this year – in June, to be exact – and I couldn’t be happier! I have the most amazing, supportive, funny, caring husband.
Well, my husband and I have been talking about this a lot recently and we decided that we’re both ready to have a baby! 👶 I’m so nervous/excited and I hope that everything works out – and soon. I’m trying to be patient, ha ha. I’ll definitely keep you guys posted, though!
But you know me; I’m a planner. I’ve looked up so much stuff on the internet about increasing your chances, getting your body ready for pregnancy, etc. And I’m writing this post to share some of the things that I’ll be doing to make sure I have a healthy, happy pregnancy – and I hope it helps any of you out there who are in the same boat! 🙂Make sure you have a healthy, happy pregnancy! #MomentOfTruth Click To Tweet
Live a healthy lifestyle.
It may seem obvious, but living a healthier lifestyle can greatly increase your chances of getting pregnant. Here are some specific things you can do to make sure your body is in tip-top shape:
- Eat well – Making sure your body is well-nourished can help you. Eat a diet with plenty of folic acid, protein, iron, vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc. Also, drink plenty of water!
- Don’t smoke or drink – More and more research has been linking tobacco and alcohol use to decreased ability to get pregnant. Also, it can harm a developing baby in the womb, so you might want to make sure you’re not doing either of these things from the moment you conceive!
- Try not to use painkillers – If you take over-the-counter painkillers during ovulation, it can lower your chances of conception. (Antidepressants, NSAIDs, and hormonal medicines can also lower your chances. Consult your doctor about your options if this is something that concerns you. Remember: don’t stop taking any medications without the help/advice of your doctor!)
- Avoid stress – Take it easy and do relaxing activities regularly. It’s important to avoid stressful situations as much as possible because stress greatly reduces your chances of getting pregnant. It’s also super harmful to your body in general.
- Be active (but not too active) – Doing light to moderate physical activity every day can help your body prepare for pregnancy. On the other hand, working out too much or doing regular strenuous workouts can interfere with your ovulation and cause problems conceiving.
Track your cycle.
Tracking your cycle can greatly increase your chances of getting pregnant. Make sure that you’re ovulating regularly (if you’re not, consult your doctor) and that your periods are at least mostly regular. Also, make sure that yourself and your partner are *trying* on your most fertile days.
Here’s a post from Fit Pregnancy and Baby on 10 great fertility apps + trackers.
Take the right vitamins.
I know I already said this, but getting the right amount of vitamins and nutrients is pretty dang important. It can help a lot with increasing your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy. Well, vitamins are the best way to ensure that you’re getting everything that you need. And you’ll want to start taking them as soon as you decide to get pregnant!
When you’re looking for prenatal vitamins, make sure that they contain the following (from WebMD):
- 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid
- 400 IU of vitamin D
- 200 to 300 milligrams (mg) of calcium
- 70 mg of vitamin C
- 3 mg of thiamine
- 2 mg of riboflavin
- 20 mg of niacin
- 6 mcg of vitamin B12
- 10 mg of vitamin E
- 15 mg of zinc
- 17 mg of iron
- 150 micrograms of iodine
Use the most reliable pregnancy test.
Actually, I have a real-life story about this. About 2 years ago, my friend thought that she was pregnant. She bought a pregnancy test and took it home, and it came out positive. She freaked out and went to buy another one, just to be sure, and it was negative. So she bought a third one and it came out positive. She was pregnant, but I’m just showing you that at-home tests aren’t always reliable!
When you’re waiting for some of the biggest news of your life, time is of the essence. I’m an easily excitable/worrisome person and if I was taking tests that kept saying different things, I’d be freaking out! I don’t know about you, but I’d wanna know right away if I was pregnant or not. So I would want to use the most reliable test for my #MomentOfTruth.
Most women can remember the first time they found out they were or were not pregnant after taking an at-home pregnancy test, or their #MomentOfTruth. Whether it was a joyous, heartbreaking or shocking moment, it is one they will never forget.
Nearly 40 years ago, e.p.t® invented the at-home pregnancy test and changed the way women find out that they’re pregnant; since then, they’ve been empowering women everywhere. You don’t have to go to the doctor whenever you want to test. I know that when I have my #MomentOfTruth, I’d like it to happen in the comfort of my own home with a reliable test like e.p.t®.
e.p.t® pregnancy tests are also over 99% accurate from the day of your expected period, so you can feel confident in your results. You don’t have to buy 3 tests to know the answer! 🙂
Give it time and don’t get discouraged.
My last tip is to give it time and go easy on yourself. Sometimes it takes longer than expected, and that doesn’t mean that anything is wrong with you! Everyone is different and you’ve just got to be patient. The hubby and I have only been trying for about a month now and I’m already getting worked up about whether or not I could be! Just remember: 85% of all couples get pregnant in the first year. Yes, it might take a year – maybe more. Just hang in there. If it takes much longer than a year, though, you might want to consult your doctor.
Question: What’s your biggest tip for getting pregnant?
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