Preparing for Pregnancy

preparing for pregnancy

When it comes to conception, while a number of factors are beyond your control, there are several things you can do to maximise your chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby. Here are a few things to consider.

1. Many lifestyle choices can potentially impact your chance of becoming pregnant.
A large number of research studies have identified alcohol, smoking, recreational drug use and excessive exercise as likely contributors to infertility. As a result, by making some healthy lifestyle changes, you can increase your chance of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby.

2. A person’s body weight can have a profound impact on their fertility.
Ideal weight is determined by a formula known as the Body Mass Index (BMI) and is calculated using the formula: weight (kg)/height (m). The optimal BMI range for fertility health is 20-25. Men and women who are either under or over their ideal weight have a higher risk of experiencing infertility. Being under or over the desired weight can disrupt the hormonal balance that is necessary for normal egg and sperm production, leading to a decline in the likelihood of a pregnancy and healthy birth. For both men and women, healthy eating, regular exercise and achieving an optimal body weight can improve the chance of becoming pregnant.

3. Boost your overall health.
You can prepare for pregnancy by boosting your overall health with a daily multivitamin. It is also advised to take additional folic acid at least one month before trying to conceive to reduce your chance of having a baby with neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. It is advised to speak to your pharmacist for their recommendation on which brand will work best for you.

We hope that you find these tips to be helpful. If you would like more information about fertility facts, please refer to our website where you can find content on relevant fertility topics, or contact us on 9382 2388.

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