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Trying to Have a Baby

Trying to Have a Baby

A lot of patients ask us “What is the best way to get pregnant as fast as possible?” While there is no magic formula, we hope the following facts will help you on your pregnancy journey.

If you are thinking about conceiving a baby, it is a good idea to prepare your body and review your lifestyle. Below is a checklist we recommend for aspiring moms:

  • Scheduled a preconception visit.
  • Make sure you are at a healthy weight, so you aren’t at risk for conditions that can affect you when you are pregnant. Your physician can explain these conditions to you and help you with a weight management plan if you need one.
  • Have diabetes, hypertension or an autoimmune disease? Make sure they are in check and your ob/gyn knows about any prescriptions you may be taking for them. Your ob/gyn can collaborate with other physician specialists to make sure everyone is on the same page about your health status and monitor it appropriately.
  • If you occasionally or routinely use recreational drugs, drink alcohol or smoke tobacco, now is the time to stop. Cutting back on caffeine can also help.
  • Begin taking a prenatal vitamin. Your physician can prescribe one and many are available over the counter. Prenatal vitamins also include folic acid, which is very important to your baby’s development. Make sure you speak to your doctor about how much folic acid you need.
  • When you stop taking oral contraception, wait about one month until you officially begin the conception process. This will give time for extra hormones to flush from your system.
  • Talk to your physician about the relationship between ovulation and conception. For most women, your conception chances are highest between days 10 and 20 of your cycle, but everyone is different. Your physician can recommend a strategy that may work best for you.

If you feel as though you’ve been through the above checklist and fully prepared your body and lifestyle for a baby but cannot conceive, don’t worry! Did you know that most moms do not conceive their first month or event heir third? In most cases, we only check fertility after you’ve been trying for one year. There are many options available to treat infertility and it is a common condition. In fact, 1 in 10 couples can experience infertility. At the clinic, we can provide you with an initial fertility workup to see if we can address what may be causing your issues, but in some cases, further testing by a specialist may be required.

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us at the clinic. Good luck!