You can’t plan a pregnancy at random; to do so, you need to take a few essential steps: Monitor your health and nutrition and give up contraception.
- Consult the general practitioner: Be sure you aren’t suffering from any illnesses that could cause your foetus to be deformed, including the parasitic disease toxoplasmosis and hepatitis B and C.
- Review your list of vaccines: Get the German measles vaccine at least 3 months before the expected date of pregnancy, and don’t forget the hepatitis B vaccine—3 doses in a 6-month period.
- Choose your gynaecologist: Have her conduct tests to confirm the health of your uterus and reproductive system.
- Avoid infections: Don’t eat unpasteurized milk products, and wash your hands regularly.
- Have a dental exam: Hormonal changes during pregnancy could cause weakening and inflammation of your gums.
- Be careful if you’re taking antidepressants. They negatively affect your fertility.
Basic Nutrients and Things to Avoid
- Take folic acid, nutritional supplements and vitamins.
- As much as possible, keep your distance from people smoking.
- Eat healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and iron: fruit, vegetables, grilled meat, legumes, whole grains and sterilized dairy products.
- Don’t eat raw fish like sushi because it could transmit dangerous bacteria to you. Also avoid large fish, as they may contain a great deal of mercury.
- Don’t drink much coffee, as caffeine negatively affects your chances of getting pregnant. Settle for 3 cups daily.
- Maintain a reasonable weight. Your body mass index should be between 20 and 24.
- Practice activities to eliminate stress. Choose yoga and relaxation exercises.
Stop Taking Contraceptives
Consult your doctor first, as randomly doing away with this method could disturb your monthly cycle.
- If you’re taking birth control pills, finish the entire box.
- Go to the doctor to get your IUD removed. It’s best to do this around the time of your period.
- Watch out! Removal of a contraceptive device could result in the appearance of irritating symptoms, like acne or weight gain.
- Finally, keep an eye on your date of ovulation.