Many women spend more time trying not to get pregnant than they are trying to conceive, but when they are ready to have a baby can prove more difficult than they thought.
"There is only a 20 to 25 per cent chance that a woman will become pregnant every month," says Dr. Savitha Singh, whose primary specialty in the Franciscan Alliance is obstetrics and gynecology. "So women should not worry if it does not happen right away."
But while you expect to capture, there are steps the couples can take to help with conceiving and having a healthy baby.
"The healthiest you are, the better the result," says Dr. Julius Ellis, an OB-GYN at Porter Regional Hospital, noted that women trying to have a baby and want to know when is the right time, the ovulation prediction test to determine when it is more fertile. Children work by detecting an increase in luteinizing hormone production, which occurs about 36 hours before ovulation.
Another way to determine ovulation is through mucus testing, says Ellis.
Your cervical mucus changes in color, texture and quantity during your menstrual cycle, especially when an egg begins to mature before ovulation, according to Planned Parenthood.
"Many women know when they are ovulating because of other signs," says Ellis. "They may feel a tenderness in their chest, feel irritable or tend to worry more."
Your ability to determine when you are most likely to be arrested is important, but it is in the best position to get pregnant and to transfer a child.
"When I come to someone who wants to get pregnant on the obese side, I encourage them to lose weight and reduce carbohydrate intake," says Singh. "For people who are high-carbohydrate consumers with a high sugar content, I suggest that they limit the amount of confectionery drinks they consume. Everyone who wants to get pregnant should have a 30-minute mild daily exercise."
Alcohol consumption should also be reduced.
While many people know that smoking is not good for developing a baby, Singh says he can also interfere with conception.
"Both comrades have to stop smoking and try to lose weight," says Ellis. "Is it mandatory for men to practice and stop smoking? No. But it will be supportive if you both do it and make it easier."
Adding enriched vitamins to your daily shape when trying to get pregnant should be part of the pregnancy checklist. Singh recommends prenatal vitamins while Ellis says consumption of 800 mg of folic acid per day contributes to reducing the risk of neurological defects in a baby. Folic acid is found in leafy green vegetables. fruits? dried beans, peas and nuts; and enriched breads, cereals and other cereal products.
Women taking contraceptive pills or oral contraceptives should stop a few months before trying to get pregnant.
"Fill in the package," says Singh. "This gives doctors a good idea of when the pregnancy took place."
Ellis says those who use Depo-Provera, a hormonal infusion that blocks unplanned pregnancies for about three months at a time, should stop three to four months before they try to conceive.
"When you use genital barrier methods such as the ring and (intrauterine device), shortly after stopping, your body should be ready," says Ellis.
Also make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
"Most of the people I see have had chickenpox, but if you do not have and have not been vaccinated for it, you should," says Singh, noting that maintaining the tetanus timetable is also important. "If you become pregnant, you should wait until birth for vaccination."
Pregnant women should not receive live virus vaccines, such as MMR, a combined vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella. Up to 85 percent of babies born to mothers with red blood cells, also known as German measles, may develop severe genetic defects such as hearing loss and mental disabilities during the first trimester.
"Then it's important to wait three months before you get pregnant," says Singh.
"Caring for all these issues will lead to a successful pregnancy," says Ellis.