You have decided to jump off the deep end. You have decided that you are going to see what the hype is all about. You are going to embark into the magical journey of parenthood. You are going to try to have a baby.
So where do you begin? How do you prepare for pregnancy?
First, you should get to know that body that is going to build and house your future little one. Then, it’s time to prepare the living quarters for a smooth and gentle stay.
Here’s where to start:
Get to Know Your Body
Before you jump on the obsessive train, let me be clear – This is not an invitation to stress out. This is an intervention. When was the last time you did some hardcore research on how your own body works. I’m not talking about the female body in general, I am talking about YOUR body specifically. I know what you’re thinking, “Crazy lady, I know my body! I look at it everyday!” I am going to go out on a limb and say you are wrong. Don’t dismiss me just yet, let me explain.
Maybe you know what the ovary and uterus section looks like from all those pictures hanging up at your OBGYN’s office. You assume yours is probably the same. Maybe, but maybe not. Just like you are unique, so is your uterus, girlfriend. It’s time to become best friends with it.
Here are a few tools to help you investigate your ram looking lady friend:
Ovulation Tracker: – You can find pretty much any type of ovulation tracker by punching in “Ovulation Tracker” in your app store, on your phone. I suggest you down load a few of them. Explore them, get to know them, utilize them for a little bit and you’ll find one that works best for you. Here are a few that I found:
- Ovia Fertility and Cycle Tracking
- Flo Period
- Clue Period
- Glow Cycle and Fertility Tracker
There are many options, so choose one that works best for you.
Using the Ovulation Tracker includes a lot of self investigation. So, let’s talk about lady leakage. “Gross!” Get use to it sister, because you are going to spend a lot of time getting to know all about it.
Your discharge will help you calculate your cycle. Seriously? Yes! Did you even notice that it changes? Or maybe you did notice and you have been wondering your whole life why your body is so weird? Well, turns out your pretty normal, and all that weird leaking is just your body communicating with you. Here is a brief description of what your different discharge could mean:
- Clear and Stretchy: If it looks like shampoo or egg yolk then you’ve hoped aboard the ovulation train. In other words, one of your eggs has dropped and is available for fertilization. This is the best time to get pregnant.
- White: Thick and white discharge is normal at the beginning of your menstrual cycle and at the end. It’s a good indicator that you are beginning or ending your cycle.
- Clear and watery: This is basically your normal vag juice, and is there to keep you clean and healthy. You can have this discharge any time during your cycle.
(For more information on you lady liquids, check out ModernFertility.com)
Basal Body Temperature – Another way to track your cycle is by tracking your Basal Temperature – the temperature when your body is at rest. Tracking your basal body temperature when you first wake up in the morning can help you determine where you are in your menstrual cycle. Your temperature will slightly increase right after you ovulate. After a few months of tracking and recording, you may be able to predict when you are about to ovulate. You can pick up a basal body thermometer at any pharmacy. It is probably best to use a specific basal thermometer because they are more accurate.
(For more information on Basal Body Temperature and how to track it, visit EarlyPregnancyTests.com)
Ovulation Tests: Another way to track when you are ovulating is by purchasing an Ovulation Test that will tell you if you are currently ovulating. Some are even good at telling you both your Ovulation window and days of ovulation.
Preparing Your Body
We don’t really think about how much work goes into preparing for a baby. Should you have to prepare your body? Can’t you just get to it? Well, put it this way, you know the rage cleaning you do right before you have a guest come to your home? It’s like that.
Not only will you have a guest staying in your uterus for nine months, but your body, and what you put into it, will be a major resource for your baby’s health and development. What is in your body will go to our baby, so it’s important to clean up shop and maintain a healthy environment for your little one to grow.
Here’s how you should prepare your BabyBnB:
Cut Back On Caffeine / Alcohol
You don’t have to remove them from your diet completely. Caffeine and alcohol can be dangerous for your growing baby, so if you are actively trying to get pregnant, you don’t want a ton of it in your system when your little guest finally arrives.
Pack your body full of yummy nutrients so it’s the first thing your baby absorbs when she/he makes their grand entrance. Your guest is going to depend on you for meals, so be considerate when you break into your next snack. I’m not suggesting you eat straight kale and chickpeas, god no! Just make “healthy” a part of the meal plan option.
It’s time to hit the gym, the pavement, the mat! It’s time to give your body some love so that it can love your baby.
What ever you do, don’t decide you are going to plan a marathon if you are not already running regularly. Stay within your limits while you are trying to conceive. Pushing yourself too hard could put stress on your body, making it harder to get pregnant, or effect the baby if you do become pregnant. DO – workout regularly, DON’T – overdue it.
Take A Prenatal
A good way to prepare your body, and get all the proper nutrients for your little one, is by taking a prenatal. Yes, even before you become pregnant. A Prenatal vitamin is packed with folic acid, an important vitamin for your baby. Your body will be ready and your baby will have everything they need right at Move-In day.
Go See Your OBGYN
If you’re ready to get pregnant, start with an expert. Your lady-parts specialist will know all the in’s and out’s on preparing yourself for a house guest. Ask them about your body, discuss your family history and any concerns you may have, and talk to them about what you need to expect. Your doctor will check to see if there are any external concerns, give you the ok, and possibly give you a pregnancy book that you’re going to obsess over for the next year.
Don’t Stress Out About It
Yes, if you’d like to understand your body a little better and create a cozy living space for your future guest, getting prepared is a good start. Don’t, however, obsess about it. If you find yourself consumed in your ovulation tracker, wondering why you haven’t gotten pregnant, or scoring the internet for the best get pregnant quick diets, than you need to take a step back. Use this time to get to know yourself a little better, spend sometime with yourself and your partner before becoming consumed by parenthood.
Getting pregnant can take two seconds(realistically, more like 3 days), but it can also take three years. Take your journey seriously and enjoy your last days childless. Before you know it, you’ll be losing sleep and changing diapers. All worth it, of course.
If you have any concerns about your fertility, don’t be afraid to discuss it with your doctor.
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