Needs To Be Done To Become Pregnant By Lori Ramsey
you ready to start trying to conceive? Should you just
hop in bed and hope for the best? Well, you could - and
you could end up pregnant right away and have a healthy
pregnancy. Or you could go months and months with nothing
happening. Just to be on the safe side, it's best to do
a few things from the very beginning.
Schedule an exam with your OB/GYN to be sure that everything
is okay. Your physician will not test you for infertility
but this visit is to insure that you have your annual
pelvic exam - to check for cancer and STD's and to see
that you appear to be healthy. Ask them about a time limit
for the pregnancy to occur before starting infertility
tests. Some doctors will say 1 year, some will say 6 months
and depending on your age, some may say as little as 3
Right now is a good time to practice proper nutrition.
It is a good idea to have "daddy" on a proper
nutrition diet as well, to insure healthy sperm. Limit
the intake of caffeine and quit smoking, drinking alcohol
and absolutely no drugs. During the process of trying
to conceive you will have about 2 weeks where you could
be pregnant but may not know it yet.
Buy a basal body temperature thermometer. These come in
either traditional glass or digital. Both are good. Learn
the techniques of proper charting and begin this as soon
as possible. This helps in two areas - 1. You will know
when and if you are ovulating. 2. You will know if you
may possibly have an infertility problem. A doctor will
appreciate at least 3 months of charts if you suspect
an infertility problem - this will help them to come to
a diagnosis sooner.
A quick run down of proper charting is to start taking
the temperature the first day of your cycle. Have a good
chart ready - these can be downloaded off of the Internet
- or they can be found in the back of books on fertility
or in the box the thermometer came. Take your temperature
first thing every morning - at the same time - before
rising or moving or speaking. Record this reading. The
first half of your cycle, estrogen is the prominent hormone
and will surge right before ovulation. Your temperatures
will be in the low range - normally in the 96 -97 range.
The day after ovulation your temperature should rise about
.4 a degree. This is caused from the release of progesterone.
This shift should stay high until either your next menstrual
cycle begins (which it will drop at that point) or it
will remain high if pregnancy is achieved.
There are ways to chart your cervical fluid and your cervix,
as well, - if you so desire.
If you know when you are ovulating - try to have intercourse
for several days before ovulation, as well as the day
of and a day or two after. Usually an egg will only live
for 12 to 24 hours. Sperm can live up to 5 days in good
quality cervical fluid. Drink lots of water - this will
help to increase your cervical fluid. Also, start taking
prenatal vitamins - either from what your physician prescribed
or over the counter. The folic acid is very important
to start taking before pregnancy occurs - this helps to
eliminate neural tube defects with the baby.
Ovulation predictor kits may be used to help pinpoint
ovulation. Follow the instructions in the package to insure
their proper use. These can be expensive and are not necessary
- if you desire to go ahead and try them.
Check on your insurance to see if maternity is covered.
If not see about assistance with your state and check
with your doctor and hospitals about cash charges. Most
doctors and hospitals want the entire bill paid by the
7th month of pregnancy, so keep this in mind.
And last, but certainly not least - relax. Try to take
this journey one day at a time and try not to obsess about
it. With all three of my pregnancies, I conceived when
I finally quit focusing on it so much. Armed with the
above knowledge, you are well on your way to conceiving
Lori Ramsey is a published author and mother of 6 who also runs many businesses. Read One Of Her Books On Kindle: How to Get Pregnant by Learning How to Increase Fertility
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