5 top tips for preparing for a baby
When it comes to preparing for a baby, nine months is a long time to wait. You can never fully predict how a baby’s arrival will change your life, but you can ensure that your body is as fully prepared as possible. Here are our top five tips for getting your body ready for a baby:
Stop smoking – your body needs to be a shrine of health when trying to conceive, in order to maximise your chances of getting pregnant. By starting to quit early on, you can slowly ease yourself off your addiction and get help if needed. Smoking is extremely harmful to a developing foetus, and therefore vitally important to give up smoking when trying to conceive.
Stop drinking – your body needs to be as healthy as possible, and it is well known that alcohol is harmful to a growing foetus. Alcohol can potentially damage the baby’s developing organs and can lead to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder. You can remove these harmful substances from your life prior to becoming pregnant; this gives your baby the best possible chance of healthy development. Women who drink less than 5 units a week have been shown to be twice as likely to conceive within 6 months.
Use a sperm friendly lube! – Vaginal dryness is common in couples TTC and ordinary lubricants are toxic to sperm. Balance Activ Conceive Fertility is not harmful to sperm and is at a pH which creates an environment that may enhance sperm survival. Balance Conceive Fertility Gel contains Hyaluronic Acid (HA) a very clever little molecule which binds to healthy sperm and can increase their survival, this is very handy when you consider how small the window of opportunity for conception is – an egg can only be fertilised 12-24 hours after it has been released from the ovaries. Hyaluronic acid can help the sperm to survive for up to five days – which in turn may increase the chance of conception. Balance Conceive Fertility Gel is a light, non-sticky, sperm friendly lubricant which has been show to improve the motility in poorly motile sperm. It can be used as a routine aid when trying to conceive.
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Change your diet – now is the time to focus on preparing your body for a healthy pregnancy, so cut the cravings for cheeseburgers and ice cream and start replacing them with healthy alternatives. You should eat a healthy, well balanced diet focussing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and calcium and drinking plenty of water. Folic Acid is particularly important and can be found as part of a prenatal multivitamin. Also, if you have low iron levels, you may want to help with an iron supplement, which should help boost energy levels through pregnancy.
Take regular gentle exercise – exercise is a great way to relieve stress, reduce body fat and make you a healthier and happier person. It’ll give you more energy as well as helping aid with getting a good night sleep, which you will definitely need in the months to come! A healthy body is more receptive to becoming pregnant, so start the habit now to ensure that your body is ready for pregnancy.
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