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To decide to welcome a little one into the world is a fantastic opportunity for couples and single parents. There are many things to get set up for in preparation for pregnancy, including consultations, diet changes and the lowdown on everything needed to make the journey as smooth as possible.
In this guide from a fertility evaluation clinic in London, we look at the key ways you can be prepared for your future pregnancy.
Consult your doctor
Probably the first thing you should consider looking into is having a chat with your doctor about your intentions for pregnancy. They can have an open conversation with you about your needs and what you can do to be ready for the chance at falling pregnant. A lot of things can be discussed such as optimising your diet, if there are any health risks to consider and how you can work together to overcome them.
Take action on managing your health
It will vary from person to person, but there will be some healthy changes needed to ensure a future pregnancy goes smoothly. You may be a smoker for instance, in which case you will need to quit as soon as you’re able. Alcohol is also a big factor in getting pregnant and must not be consumed when you are pregnant as well.
Having a healthy weight is the next thing to consider. Whether you’re overweight or underweight there are implications for each. Your doctor can work with you on building a plan that includes the right amount of nutrients and support to get you to where you need to be. Exercise may also be something you want to explore as well, with many health benefits and fertility benefits.
Your doctor or midwife may mention the need for folic acid – a supplement you can take to protect the growth of the baby growing in your womb as it develops. Taking it before you fall pregnant gives you that added layer of support in protecting a child against birth defects that may come up. Start taking supplements early to help the process along. You can pick them up from most local pharmacies or through your GP.
Assess what else is needed
There are a host of things to consider, like long term health conditions, vaccinations and anything else that could arise during the process of raising a child. They should all be ironed out prior to trying to conceive, but doctors and support will be on hand every step of the way to ensure your pregnancy is safe and healthy.