When it comes to pregnancy, planning may or may come natural to you. Here are the top 5 activities to book in your calendar as you and your partner are preparing to conceive.
Medication - schedule a visit with your gynecologist for input on getting pregnant and advice on managing any chronic health conditions you may have.
Your Weight, BMI & fitness - When you get pregnant, you want to have a healthy body mass index (a way to measure body fat) for your size. Incorporate routine exercise into your schedule to tone your body and your mind.
Eat a healthy diet - Invest in eating a healthy diet; you can also make this a goal with your partner. Take in plenty of zinc, which promotes egg maturation for her and increases sperm count and lowers sexual dysfunction for him. There is a huge variety of foods rich in zinc; try oysters, herring, lean beef, turkey, lamb, lentils, garbanzo beans, quinoa, cashews, nuts and shrimp. Lots of vegetables are also high in zinc, including asparagus, spinach, shiitake mushrooms, green peas and broccoli. You can also top salads with zinc-rich sesame or pumpkin seeds.
Take fertility supplements - both you and your partner - at least 3 months before trying to get pregnant. Since even a healthy diet can’t always supply all the nutrients you need, supplements will boost levels of essential vitamins and nutrients for egg and sperm quality, increased conception potential and a healthy pregnancy. If it’s hard to get into the vitamin habit, use a reminder app. Better yet, make the routine a joint project; choose a vitamin program that you and your partner can do together.
Team effort - it takes two to tango - Make getting pregnant a team effort with your spouse. The man’s health greatly influences the baby's well-being. Not only will his health affect her pregnancy outcomes, but having a “partner in crime” with healthy habits helps both partners make healthy choices.