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This article is for those of us who are still trying to conceive, either for your first or next baby here are some tips to follow and remember.
Trying for a baby is a period that gets a lot of people into an anxious mode and a time when we are just being overly careful about just anything. The desire to have children can motivate some of us to live a healthier life which means that we begin to stay conscious of everything ranging from food, drinks, drugs, beverages and at some point we may decide to stay away from exercises.
- Don’t be anxious- anxiety is not good when trying for a child, you need to be as calm as possible and enjoy every step of the way. Do not have sex thinking of whether or not it will yield fruit if not you will miss the fun bit of bonding with your partner.
- Know your body- by this I mean understand your body and what works for you. Try and study your menstrual cycle. According to a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and medical director of the IVF program at Northwestern Medicine’s Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in Chicago Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone, It is significant to know how far apart her cycles are so she can more accurately time intercourse to try to get pregnant.
- Keep record of your cycle: you should try to monitor and keep record of your cycle with this you will know whether the first days of your cycle comes the same time at the same number of days apart every month, which is seen as having a regular cycle. Contrary to decide you will also be able to know if you have an irregular cycle which means that your cycle lengths may vary from month to month. By keeping account of this specifically on a calendar you can predict your ovulation period- this is a time when your ovaries releases an egg monthly. Note that ‘a woman’s egg is fertile for only 12 to 24 hours after its release (livescience.com), whereas a man’s sperm can survive in a woman’s body for about six days, notes Planned Parenthood.
- Take note of your ovulation period and make the most out of it
- Stay healthy: these includes eating healthy, getting enough rest, staying emotionally stable.
- Try to aim at getting a healthy weight: you really do not want to be overweight at this point to increase your chances
- Have and enjoy sex: sex is very important. Remember to enjoy it rather than doing it for reproduction.
- Quit Smoking and alcohol
- Start taking prenatal medication to prepare your body
- Stay Positive
- Try to seek help when you really need it, do not shy away.
- Understand that age plays a vital part so start early. Do not space your child for 10 years when you are over 30.
- Stress Management: try to avoid things that stress you out and this can only be possible if you truly know your body.
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I am Dr. Christiana Stephen, a wife, a mom of 4 under 4 year old kids, a photo lover, makeup artist, a wellness coach and a lecturer. Motherhood for me is ongoing, its a period of learning and unlearning. I am passionate about a lot of things but most importantly helping mothers around the world reach their wellness goals comes as top priority. Hence, I have created this community for every woman out there. Feel free to be part of this amazing journey of motherhood and wellness. I will say raising this community is inspired by my experience and learning process. The main essence is to empower moms on the benefits of healthy living as well as the need to create a life work balance.
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