Your preconception health and preparation are essential to baby making. Here are our Getting Pregnancy Checklist with our top recommendations from our book Planning Your Pregnancy: The New Essential Guide to Getting Pregnant, available from Amazon.
The Pre-Conception Checkup. Ask your family about their health history. If your family has a history of genetic disorders or health problems, this is a good time to talk about it with your healthcare provider. Even if you aren’t aware of any previous family health problems, it doesn’t hurt to have a chat with your family about it. You might be surprised to find a history of miscarriage, premature birth, preeclampsia (high blood pressure), diabetes, postpartum depression, anxiety, or others.
Discontinue Birth Control. This may seem like a no brainer, but worth stating. If you’re using hormone-based birth control like the pill, complete your current birth control cycle before discontinuing and give your body a few months to adjust to the change. If you are using an intrauterine device, see your doctor to have it removed. If you are using condoms, spermicide or other non-hormonal methods, discontinue use when you’re ready to conceive.
Update Your Immunizations. Some vaccinations are recommended before you become pregnant, during pregnancy, or right after delivery. Having the right vaccinations at the right time can help keep you healthy and keep your baby from having health issues. Talk to your doctor about what you need including COVID-19, Rubella, Chickenpox or Flu.
See Your Dentist. Have a checkup with your dentist too to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy before you get pregnant. Once you’re pregnant, not only can you be more prone to teeth and gum issues, but you may not be able to have certain treatments once you’re pregnant. Taking care of potential problems before pregnancy is a good idea.
Start Charting Your Cycle. You can use our online ovulation calendar to help you determine your fertility window. Knowing when you are the most fertile gives you a great advantage when trying to conceive.
Boost Sperm Function. Healthy sperm is essential to conception and a healthy pregnancy. Check his swimmers with SpermCheck Home Test. Be sure to add zinc, folic acid, and vitamins C and E to his diet. Then keep active, and avoid stress and high heat sources,
Make Necessary Diet Modifications. Avoid sugar, simple carbs, processed foods and unhealthy fats. Cut back on caffeine. Eat fish (try Safe Catch), chicken and lean meats; whole grains; and lots of vegies and fruit. Plus, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Start Taking a Prenatal Supplement. The American Pregnancy Association recommends Fairhaven’s FH Pro for Women and FH Pro for Men because they are designed to support reproductive wellness by supporting healthy hormone balance and antioxidant support. Fairhaven has a number of great products to help baby making.
Check Your Health Insurance. Update your policy so you have coverage for maternity care.
Maternity and Paternity Leave. Know your employer’s maternity leave, flextime and work-from-home policies.
Have Sex Regularly. Sperm can survive up to five days. So have sex two to three days prior to your fertility window and then about every 36 hours during your most fertile time. Maintain a sufficient time gap between your sessions in order to give his sperm time to regenerate and build up.
After sex, place a pillow under your hips or keep your legs raised for about 20 minutes to improve the chances of the sperm entering the egg.
Give this process time. It would be great if you conceived during your first try. But it usually takes a few cycles to achieve conception. Six to 12 months is the average. Be patient and enjoy this creative process.
Our Getting Pregnant Checklist is a quick summary of the information in our book Planning Your Pregnancy: The New Essential Guide to Getting Pregnant. The book has much more including suggestions like the best sex position for conception.