Despite high success rates, many couples are apprehensive about planning for pregnancy while undergoing fertility treatment. It is important to stay focused on the end goal for your fertility care and to understand how you should be getting ready for pregnancy.
The following checklist can help you navigate what you need to do to prepare for getting pregnant:
Communication is one of the most important, yet most overlooked, aspects of getting ready for pregnancy. Now is the time to start have those tough conversations about how you’ll raise the child, if you’ll continue working or stay at home, and how childcare duties will be shared. Getting both of your feelings out in the open early can prevent stress later on.
Cut Back on Caffeine and Alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol may be a normal part of your life. Perhaps you enjoy a few cups of coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night. However, both of these may negatively impact fertility for both men and women. Cutting back before you get pregnant also helps to adjust to the changes that you’ll be making during pregnancy.
Start Healthy Habits
The foundation for good reproductive health and healthy pregnancy is a healthy mom. Eat balanced meals, exercise regularly, drink lots of water, and aim for eight hours of sleep per night. These things will help keep your energy high during pregnancy. Additionally, it’s a good idea to sleep now, while you still can!
Prenatal vitamins are a must during pregnancy. However, starting to take the supplements prior to getting pregnant ensures your body has enough folic acid. Folic acid deficiency, particularly in early pregnancy, has been shown to raise the risk of birth defects.
The New Hope Fertility team assists their patients with all aspects of fertility care including getting ready for pregnancy. Find out firsthand what makes New Hope an industry leader by scheduling an appointment today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.