Getting ready to conceive can bring about many physical, mental, and emotional challenges. We asked one of our pharmacists to share their top tips and recommendations to help with conception and preparing the body for pregnancy. Here’s what they said:
It is recommended to take 400 Micrograms of Folic Acid every day. Folic acid is a B vitamin. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body at least 1 month before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.
Take a Multivitamin Supplement
Vitabiotics Pregnacare Conception or Proceive Conception – these are our recommended pre-pregnancy products as they have the right blend of ingredients to prepare your body for pregnancy.
Avoid Drinking Alcohol, Smoking, and Using Certain Drugs
These can cause many problems during pregnancy for a woman and her baby, such as premature birth, birth defects, and infant death. If you are trying to get pregnant and cannot stop drinking, smoking, or using drug there are treatment options available – please speak with one of our pharmacists. It is easier and safer to make these changes before getting pregnant.
Be mindful that certain skincare products containing peptides, alpha hydroxy or glycolic acids or retinol-based ingredients may not be suitable during pregnancy or should be stopped pre pregnancy. Speak to one of our skincare consultants to help you choose a skincare product specifically suitable to your needs.
Your Partner’s Role
Talk to your partner about making lifestyle choices that can help their health and your future pregnancy. For example, some things that can lower sperm count include:
- drinking alcohol
- smoking or using other kinds of tobacco
- using steroids
- using illegal drugs
- using certain prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines
- recent and frequent time in very hot environments (i.e., hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms)
- having an unhealthy diet
Try not to over-think conception. Enjoy the process of becoming. Practice some yoga to release endorphins and improve your muscle tone and flexibility. This will be very beneficial when you do become pregnant.
It is recommended that you exercise for 30 minutes up to five times a week. This will help manage stress levels and help sleep quality and prepare your body for pregnancy. Staying active can help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent complications like diabetes when you do get pregnant.
Look after your mental health
If you have any mental health concerns speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Help is always available if needed.
When trying to get pregnant, do not stop taking your regular medications without speaking to your pharmacist or GP. Many medications are safe and necessary in pregnancy.
Go for a check-up with your GP – check your general health and chat to your GP about your plans to conceive. Your GP may even recommend getting blood tests done to make sure that you are in full health.
Ovulation Testing Kits
These are available in our stores, will tell you when the best time to conceive is. Try tracking your menstrual cycle, how long your cycle is etc. and then you will be able to judge when your ovulation window is.
A woman’s monthly cycle is measured from the first day of her menstrual period until the first day of her next period. On average, a woman’s cycle normally is between 28-32 days, but some women may have much shorter or much longer cycles.
Ovulation can be calculated by starting with the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP) or by calculating 12-16 days from the next expected period. Most women ovulate anywhere between Day 11 – Day 21 of their cycle, counting from the first day of the LMP. This is what many refer to as the “fertile time” of a woman’s cycle because sexual intercourse during this time increases the chance of pregnancy. Ovulation can occur at various times during a cycle and may occur on a different day each month. It is important to track your cycle to help identify peak fertile days.
For more pre-pregnancy advice and recommendations, please do not hesitate to speak to our team in-store today. We are here to help.