Some might find it easy to get pregnant, but some might find it very difficult and time-consuming. When you are planning to have a baby, it is very important to talk about the necessary things on the overall health prior to and post- pregnancy. In fact, doctors often prescribe that before planning for pregnancy, one should know the processes and effects of it clearly and in detail. When someone plans for a child, they must also know the necessary steps of intercourse- how and when to perform it and how often. Though couples try a lot to conceive, there are certain things that need prior discussion when you are planning for pregnancy.
Sometimes there are certain hindrances that may occur in the way of getting pregnant. Sometimes regularity in intercourse can also not ensure pregnancy. Recent statistical data reveal that the odds of a woman getting pregnant in a month who has been trying long to conceive can range from 15% to 25% roughly on average.
So, it is very important to be aware of the obstacles you might face before you get pregnant. Here are some such obstacles listed below:
- Age: Age can be a hindrance to easy conception. Though some experts do not agree on the factor of ‘biological clock’, in some cases it has been found that women might find it a bit difficult to conceive after reaching a certain age that is roughly 30 to 35, when it has been reportedly seen that the chances of getting pregnant considerably reduce and the possibility of a woman getting pregnant in a month goes down remarkably as she reaches 40.
- Problems in the menstrual cycle: Irregularity in the menstrual cycle and repetition of such problems each month can be a major problem in getting pregnant. This is because irregularity in ovulation and menstruation can cause difficulties in intercourses because it becomes almost impossible to identify the correct time to have sex. This further affects fertilization, and in due course becomes a factor to hinder pregnancy.
- How often you participate in intercourse: Participating in intercourse more often can get boring and not enjoyable, so the lack of intercourse reduces the chance of getting pregnant.
- Amount of time you have been trying to conceive: You might face some difficulties in getting pregnant when you are planning for a child when you conceived after one year of trying for pregnancy. In such cases, you should take advice from an experienced gynecologist or any registered medical practitioner.
- Illnesses or medical conditions: Any health issue or lack of proper nutrition in your diet can also cause hindrances in getting pregnant.
Getting pregnant after having sex:
When a couple is planning for a child, the most important thing that they want to know is how to get pregnant after having sex. Though couples try a lot of methods to rectify their intercourses when planning for pregnancy, due to lack of proper knowledge getting pregnant might become more difficult. So, it is very important that couples get prior knowledge on intercourse when they are trying to conceive.
Intercourse, according to experts requires accuracy and precision. It must be performed correctly, in proper frequency and at a correct time, when a woman is most fertile after ovulation, to make the intercourse successful and result into healthy fertilization and thus into pregnancy. The sperm, a male reproductive unit, after entering into the female ovary requires quite a little time to fertilize the eggs in the ovary, around 3 to 5 days. So the best chances should be 1 to 2 days before the beginning of the process of ovulation.
In case of planning a pregnancy, doctors prescribe to perform intercourses on every other day in a week before ovulation or just after the menstruation ends. This increases the chances of getting pregnant if there is a normal sperm count of the man and there is no abnormality of the woman.
What Is Necessary for Getting Pregnant Easily?
When you are planning to become pregnant for the first time, it is very important to make prior plans. This is because doctors often say that proper planning and according to intercourse are the key factors that help to accelerate easy pregnancy.
Get a doctor’s appointment:
It is very crucial to consult with your doctor before you are planning a child. The reason behind this is a doctor can scientifically guide you to the process of easily conceiving a child. Moreover, while you are planning for pregnancy your doctor will help you to know whether you have any hidden disease or any underlying severity in your health conditions. Treating off those diseases will undoubtedly help you to get pregnant faster and easier or otherwise can increase the risk of pregnancy or can affect the child’s overall health. It is always advisable that before planning pregnancy go thorough medical check-ups and let your concerned physician know about your entire medical history or whether you had any previous case of serious health issues. Before getting pregnant, your physician will recommend some clinical tests such as HIV, chickenpox, mumps, measles, herpes, if you have any issues related to heart and thyroid conditions, tests on iron- deficiency and anemia, Rubella, Hepatitis A, and B viruses and other diseases. These tests are important to perform in order to ensure easy pregnancy and fetal health. When you are preparing to get pregnant, make sure to get fully vaccinated with the essential vaccines of smallpox, chicken pox, mumps, measles, and positively get two full doses of Covid-19 vaccines too, which can otherwise increase the chances of defects and abnormalities during childbirth and can also affect the health of the baby. So, get the advice from your doctor related all necessary medical tests and health check-ups along with your vaccination schedules, to ensure an easy, safe, and faster pregnancy along with a healthy childbirth.
Things That You Should Avoid Before and During Pregnancy:
1. Quit smoking and alcohol:
Tobacco, alcohol, or any kind of drug is highly dangerous before and during pregnancy because smoking and consumption of drugs and alcohol and badly damage the child’s health and can also affect the human reproductive system and as a result can delay the process of pregnancy. So, when you are planning for pregnancy, quit smoking, and drinking habits. If you find it difficult to quit them at once, consult a physician regarding this.
2. Reduce your caffeine intake:
Caffeine, as advised by experts, is believed to be not so good to have in large amounts during or before pregnancy. Then how would you know how much is ‘too much’? According to experts, if you have more than two to three cups of coffee and more than five cans of soda or any caffeine- containing drink on each day (which is approximately about 250 milligrams of caffeine intake per day) is considered as excessive consumption of caffeine and can cause adverse effects to the health of your child and can also make you late to get pregnant.
What To Take Before Pregnancy?
1. Take folic acid:
Folic acid is considered as one of the most vital components that help to support easy pregnancy and a child’s overall well-being, including bodily growth and brain development. Folic acid can be consumed in abundant quantities before and during the time of pregnancy. In fact, it is always advisable to have foods that are rich in folic acid or folic acid supplements from the day you test positive for pregnancy till the day of delivery.
Folic acid is readily found in green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and so on and artificially in some of the flour and rice products. Consumption of these substances has been shown to reduce the chances of miscarriages or any kind of defects in case of childbirth. When you visit your doctor, along with a balanced diet, he might prescribe you to have foods that contain high levels of folate and folic acid. Otherwise, he can also prescribe you folic acid supplements along with some essential multivitamins and multi- mineral medicines that consist of key minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, and many others.
Your concerned doctor might prescribe you this essential consumption of folic acid every day for 3 months before you conceive and continue throughout your pregnancy till the day of delivery. If you have already experienced an earlier pregnancy and if it was a difficult one, especially if your child had any birth- related defects in the brain, spinal cord, or anywhere in the nervous system, then for the second time, the doctor might prescribe you a higher dose of folic acid to prevent the chances of occurrences of such conditions the next time.
2. Take Pre-natal Vitamins:
Once you get your doctor’s opinion, he or she will surely prescribe you the intake of prenatal vitamins that are essential for your health during pregnancy and for the health of your baby. Consume foods that are rich in various types of vitamins or have vitamin supplements that are prescribed by your doctor in appropriate doses.
3. Have a healthy diet:
During and before pregnancy, it is very crucial to have a healthy and balanced diet to ensure the healthy well-being of your child. Try to avoid heavy consumption of junk foods or packaged foods or foods that are heavily processed and instead substitute your diet with healthy and fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables, along with antioxidant-rich foods, roughage, whole grains, and foods with high fiber. Have plenty of water each day to avoid dehydration.
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