What tips and advice would you give to me, my husband and I are planning to start trying to get pregnant in a few months and i would like to get my body etc ready for the best possible start
Hope you can help
I have been on a few websites and i have found some good advise in bits and bobs, but thought it might be best to ask all you mums and mums to be
Firstly start taking folic acid if you haven't aleady done so!
Secondly I'd recommend getting fit, even just power walking every day. I walked 3 miles every day during my pregnancy and by 36 weeks the head was fully engaged, went on due date and labour was only 5 hours 1 min long! I put it down to my walking and fitness levels adn really feel it stood me good ground during pregnancy.
Prepregnancy I didn't do much bar the walking and taking the Pregnacare Conception Vitamins. But DD was a honeymoon baby so we were very lucky!
Definitely take your folic acid and a multivitamin. My GP also recommended taking Omega 3. You should also get your immunity checked in case you need boosters of any vaccines.
Hi there :-)
Exciting times thinking about planning a baby!!!
Well in relation to preparation, I came off the pill a little earlier than I wanted to start trying as I had it in my head that I wanted one or two cycles without it in my system. No scientific reasoning behind that at all but just a personal choice.
I got out walking and exercising as much as I could, and as our honeymoon was delayed until a few months after the wedding, I had a goal of looking and feeling well and energised for that! I actually got a shock when I came off the pill first because I found that I really craved unhealthy food and even though I avoided most cravings I found I had a tendency to put on weight which is unusual for me. I also found that my skin got very oily for a while, which is all part of the hormones rebalancing. So on came the new skincare and body care routines so that I knew what to expect and how to deal with similar changes during pregnancy. Included body brushing in shower, from ankles to finger tips which is great for circulation.
I started taking the pregnancare pre-conception and also using the ovulation sticks so that I could get an idea of my cycles.
When our BFP came along, unexpectedly soon as my cyles weren't reading corectly at all, my fitness and general health were pretty good. I hadn't given up drinking (but only at weekend) or the occassional sneaky cigarette while drinking, so I did regret that a little. Especially as a few days before I got the BFP, I had done a test which was negative, so had a big work night out, then a few days later got the BFP. All advice to me was that I did no harm etc but if I was back there again and on the 2 week wait, I would probably be a little more restrained. Then again we got pregnant very quickly this time, but if it took a few months, then you couldn't possibly put life on hold just in case. Being relaxed and stress free about it all is very important too.
Like daffodil bride, I totally believe that maintaining a certain level of fitness before and during pregnancy is vital. I don't mean anything excessive or stressful. I suffered from very bad MS for the 1st 3 months and have continued to be sick on a near daily basis now although more manageable. The temptation to come home from work and crawl into bed for the evening was overwhelming, but I forced myself into tracksuit and out for a 30-40 min walk at least 4 times a week. I think it did me the world of good in the end. The fresh air and exercise really flushed some of the illness out of my system and I felt a lot better outside than lying on the couch. Once the 3 months were up, I got back swimming and have started an excercise programme on you-tube with Dr. Cathy. It's actually great for stretching, flexibility and relaxation.
Good luck with it all. I remember being in exactly the same place as you. The excitement was huge and I definitely wanted to feel I was doing something to gear myself up!! Many of the pregancy books have great pre-conception chapters so you could check those out in your local library.
I think exercise is the most important thing, so that you feel good in yourself and good about yourself. Also folic acid - and lots of practice!