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Deciding to Try to Conceive

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Updated August 27, 2013

Deciding to Try to Conceive
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Making the Decision to Get Pregnant:

The decision to get pregnant shouldn't be made lightly. You need to factor in all of the mental, physical and emotional requirements you have and address these first. Ask your self questions:

  • Are you ready for a baby?
  • Do you have the insurance you need?
  • Can you afford what your insurance won't cover?
  • Can you fix the difference between the two?
  • Do you know what maternity and paternity benefits you have?
  • What will you need before the baby? (Space, Car, Baby Stuff, etc.)
  • Fill out a prepregnancy checklist.

More on planning to get pregnant.

Planning Pregnancy for Your Body:

Your baby has the best chance of being healthy when you plan for pregnancy. This means you need to see your midwife or doctor for a preconceptional health visit. Here you'll talk about managing any chronic conditions you have like asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. What to do with the current medications you take before, during and after pregnancy. You will also discuss how to take prenatal vitamins (including folic acid) to help aid you in a healthy pregnancy. You should also discuss birth control options and changes you need to make before attempting to get pregnant.

How to Get Pregnant:

It is important that you know the basics of conception. This will help increase your chances of pregnancy every month. The key is to find out when you ovulate. You can figure this out by a simple calendar method, ovulation prediction kits or monitors, and other devices to predict ovulation. You will want to have sex near ovulation, since the egg is only viable for about 24 hours. The good news is that sperm lives longer. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is an amazing book to help you with fertility charting and getting pregnant.

Pregnancy Testing:

Once you start trying to get pregnant, you may be anxious for your period every month. What may surprise you is that it usually takes more than a month of well timed sex to get pregnant. This does not mean that you are infertile. If you find that your period is delayed or that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy, consider taking a pregnancy test.

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