Healthy Habits When Trying to Conceive
Whether you’re trying to conceive for the first time or you’ve started fertility treatment to aid in the process, there are healthy habits you can (and should!) follow. A healthy lifestyle is always important to help you live a long and healthful life, but practicing good habits while trying for a pregnancy is an essential step. We’ve outlined some of the best ways women who are trying to conceive can balance healthy habits in their current lifestyle.
It should be noted that excellent health prior to pregnancy can help your body cope with the stress of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. It can also help ensure that neither you nor your baby is exposed to anything harmful. Most women do not know they are pregnant until they are at least five to eight weeks along, whereas those undergoing fertility care are in a position to anticipate when they may be pregnant and can thus prepare for it.
There are specific vitamins/supplements that are advised for those trying to conceive, including:
- Folic acid
- Prenatal vitamins (Typically these contain folic acid, but please check to be sure.)
Cater your diet to include whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.), and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Try to limit or avoid foods that are overly processed, high in trans fats, have a high glycemic index, or contain artificial sweeteners (for example, Aspartame).
Be sure to practice good hydration. Try to track how much water you’re drinking each day to ensure that you are hydrated enough. You can also opt to replace one coffee or sweet drink with water each day. Limit your caffeine intake, especially if you currently drink three or more cups of coffee per day.
Exercise and Weight
Weight loss is not safe or recommended by healthcare professionals during pregnancy, so if it is necessary for health reasons, then you should aim to lose weight prior to trying for a pregnancy. Your weight does matter here because women with a high BMI require additional care during pregnancy, and there are more potential risk factors for you and your baby. Success rates for fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) are also dependent on the overall health of the female partner.
If you already have an exercise routine, you will likely be able to continue it during pregnancy with some modifications for safety. If you don’t have a routine, then starting one prior to pregnancy is recommended because it will help prepare your body for the strain of carrying a baby.
If you have questions about practicing good health habits while trying to conceive or if you’ve been trying for six months or longer without success, please contact the fertility specialists at Chelsea Fertility.
Please note: Alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use are not recommended while you are trying to conceive or during pregnancy. As noted, most women do not know that they are pregnant until they are over a month into their pregnancy. Consumption of those products poses a serious risk to a pregnancy.