Saturday, May 19, 2012

How to make a baby

13 steps to getting a positive pregnancy test
When you and your partner make the decision to try for a baby, it can be an exciting (and let’s be honest, very enjoyable) time.
But the fun can very often turn into frustration when month after month you are still not pregnant.
If you’re ready to become a parent, or if you’re finding it hard to fall pregnant, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your chances of getting that positive test.
1. Start taking folate (folic acid) every day as this has been proven to help your baby’s brain and spinal cord develop properly right from the moment of conception.
You can also eat a healthy diet that includes folate such as fortified breads, breakfast cereals, beans, leafy green vegetables and orange juice, and it wouldn’t hurt to take a multivitamin each day as well.
2. The next thing you can do is get a checkup with your GP. 
Your doctor can evaluate your health and identify any risks in your health and lifestyle that may affect your pregnancy.
It’s also worthwhile visiting your dentist for a checkup and routine clean, but if there’s any chance you may be pregnant then wait until after your baby is born to have dental x-rays.
3. Eating a healthy diet and controlling your weight will ensure you start your pregnancy on the right track. 
Eat from the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, proteins (chicken, fish, red meat and beans), grains and dairy products. Avoid foods high in fat and sugar.
Keep your intake of caffeine at a minimum, remembering that it can be found in not just coffee but also soft drinks and medications.
Avoid unpasteurised milk products, as well as unsafe foods such as raw meat and fish which could be contaminated.
4. Stop smoking and avoid passive smoke. This is a no-brainer as it is common knowledge that smoking can greatly harm an unborn baby and increase their risk of SIDS. If you need help to quit, be sure to ask your GP for advice.
5. Stop drinking alcohol. Although you may enjoy a glass of wine or two at night, drinking alcohol can make it harder for you to get pregnant, and drinking during pregnancy can cause lifelong problems for your baby such as heart defects, developmental problems and fetal alcohol syndrome.

6. Don’t use illegal drugs. Babies who are exposed to drugs are more likely to have learning and behavioural problems later in life.
Women who use cocaine are at a higher risk of miscarriage and preterm labour, and babies exposed to heroin are likely to be born addicts. Women who use methamphetamines or marijuana during pregnancy may have premature babies.
7. Avoid being exposed to hazards substances such as harsh chemicals like cleaning supplies, insect sprays and paint.
Be sure to keep up personal hygeine by washing your hands regularly to avoid picking up viruses or an infection. 
If you have a cat, ask someone else to change the litter box.
8. Avoid stress and keep fit, as well as enjoying relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga. 
When your body experiences high levels of stress, it converts progesterone into the stress hormone cortisol.
If you have a depletion of progesterone it will create a dominance of estrogen, and this can disrupt your menstrual cycle and decrease your fertility.
9. Make sure you have support in both an emotional and physical sense. This includes your partner, family, friends and health care providers.
10. If you have done all of the above but you are still not pregnant, the next step is to make sure you have the timing right.
This means ensuring you have intercourse around the days you are ovulating.
The most fertile days are five to six days leading up to ovulation and the day of ovulation.
The egg can only be fertilised for about 24 hours after ovulation, but sperm can live in the lower portion of a woman’s reproductive tract for up to five days.
You will increase you chances of conceiving by having sex during the three days prior to ovulation.
But how do you know when you ovulate?
Start tracking your menstrual cycles with a fertility calendar. You can print them off the internet to put next to your bed, or you can set up a free calendar online, just search for “fertility calendar”.
The calendar will record fertility signs such as cervical mucus, position of your cervix, and your basal body temperature (BBT).
As soon as you wake up every morning, before you do anything (including getting out of bed), take your body temperature orally an record it on the calendar.
As you get close to ovulating, your BBT is likely to drop slightly before spiking sharply upward and this change in temperature indicates that ovulation has occurred.
Your temperature should then remain elevated until the beginning of your next menstrual cycle.
You can also use ovulation prediction kits if you are still having trouble defining your fertile period.
Charting your cycle over a few months can tell you a lot about how your body works and gives you a much better way to predict when you are fertile.
11. Don’t forget that Dads should take action too if you want to improve your chances of falling pregnant.
They need to take care of themselves by eating well, exercising, stopping smoking, drinking or taking illegal drugs, and avoiding stress.
12. If you are doing all of the above but are still not pregnant after one year (or six months if you are over the age of 35), then it is recommended you see your GP or a fertility specialist.
13. And finally, the most important thing you and your partner need to do is try and stay positive and not lose hope that one day you will be blessed with a baby. Good luck!


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