You want what’s best for yourself, and for your family. Now that you’ve decided to have a family, you want to take all the necessary steps to starting a healthy, happy family.
There are many ways you can optimize your lifestyle for your plans to start a pregnancy.
Talk To A Physician
When you start planning a pregnancy, the first step on the right path is to consult a physician specializing in women’s reproductive health to ask any and all questions you may have. Make sure you find a physician you trust to help you along the way, through pre-pregnancy, and each trimester until the birth of your child.
As it becomes more difficult for over the age of 35 years to carry a pregnancy, you should also talk to a physician if you are planning on delaying having children until later in your life. There are numerous risks, including:
- A more difficult pregnancy and birth
- Higher chance of medical problems during pregnancy
- The baby may also be born with health problems
Also, the quality of sperm also declines as men hit their mid-thirties. There are fertility treatments available to assist people with becoming pregnant later in life, such as in vitro fertilization, this treatment is not as successful with age.
Start Your Reproductive Life Plan
When your pregnancies are planned, you get to take control of not just your health, but the health of your child. Use this life plan to set goals and understand how having children fits into this plan. While you’re planning this, you may want to consider your goals for travelling, working, or attending school, and at what time having a child would be best in your life.
To start planning your life with regard to reproduction, take into consideration:
- Your general medical health.
- Your mental health and support systems.
- Your family’ health history.
- Your reproductive health.
- Work with your health care provider to develop your reproductive life plan.
Consider Your Health Needs For Pregnancy
Many people think of prenatal health as just your health during pregnancy, but maintaining excellent health prior to becoming pregnant is crucial, as well. There are many guidelines to follow to live your healthiest lifestyle and protect your fertility.
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Take a daily multivitamin with 0.4 mg folic acid
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly and reduce the time you spend sitting down.
- Reduce stress.
- Quit smoking and keep your home and car smoke-free.
- Avoid the use of recreational/street drugs
- Take care of your mental health
- Keep your home safe from harmful, toxic substances, and be aware of exposures
Have Questions About Pre-Pregnancy Optimization?
We’re here to help. Ask a specialist at Holtorf Medical Group to learn more about the steps you can take towards a healthier, and happier, pregnancy.