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If you're hoping to become pregnant, you might discover that it happens quickly and easily, or you might find that it takes a few months and some careful timing. Some women will have more difficulty, and need to seek help to fall pregnant. Regardless, there are some things you can keep in mind to give yourself the best odds of conceiving and to get your pregnancy off to a healthy start.
Take care of yourself
Go ahead and boost your folic acid intake. Folic acid lowers your risk of birth defects. Find it in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, beans, cereals, and whole grains such as bread, pasta, and rice. You should also start taking a folic acid supplement. These are available from your pharmacy or health food store. If you smoke, now is the time to quit. You should also minimise your caffeine intake or give it up altogether. Schedule a pre-conception checkup with you doctor or an obstetrician near Brunswick. At this appointment, discuss any health concerns you might have, such as diabetes. If you are taking any over-the-counter or prescription drugs, ask whether it is safe to continue taking them.
You can make your vaginal environment more sperm-friendly with a few simple steps. It’s best to avoid using scented tampons and vaginal sprays, which may upset the pH balance in your vagina. Be aware that synthetic lubricants, glycerine, and vegetable oils can kill off sperm, and so can saliva. If you're keeping track of your cervical mucus to determine your most fertile days, check it before you bathe or swim, as these can affect the quality and amount of your cervical mucus. The most fertile time in your cycle is probably the five days or so leading up to ovulation, so when you expect to ovulate soon, it’s time to try.
Don’t overdo exercise
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, particularly when it comes to exercise while you're trying to conceive. Excessive exercise can lead to irregular periods and other fertility problems, so stay active, but don't overdo it. If you don't already exercise, now is a good time to begin a moderate exercise routine such as walking for 30 minutes a few times a week or more – but be sure to ask your doctor before attempting any new workout program.
When you’re trying to conceive, one of the first things you’ll want to do is locate a doctor who practices obstetrics near Brunswick. Your obstetrician will be able to confirm not only your pregnancy but also provide medical advice and care for you and your baby all the way up until you deliver. The best obstetrician near Brunswick for you is one with whom you feel comfortable, and one whom you feel will support your choices about your pregnancy and delivery as long as they are safe for you and your baby. Dr Stephen Cole is an obstetrician in East Melbourne trained to care for women with low-risk and high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. Call (03) 94162802 for an appointment.