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Planning a Baby? Five Things to Do Now Before You Conceive.

In this blog I dive into the exciting (but sometimes overwhelming!) world of trying for a baby.  I love working with preconception clients in my 1:1 appointments and am excited to be bringing you these tips!

Get ready to nurture yourself and set the stage for a healthy and happy pregnancy!

If you prefer preparing for birth with Podcasts you can check out my full episode on preparing for conception here.

Planning a Baby? Five Things to Do Now Before You Conceive.

Are you planning to embark on the beautiful journey of parenthood? Congratulations! As you prepare to bring your precious little one into this world, it's important to ensure that your body is in the best condition. Here are five steps you can take now to support your body for a baby.

  1. Seek Professional Guidance: The first step on your preconception journey is to schedule an appointment with your GP or a private midwife. They will conduct comprehensive blood tests and provide valuable health advice. It's important to discuss your health history, medications you're currently taking, and their safety during pregnancy. Remember, never cease any medications without consulting your healthcare professional.

  2. Start taking Pregnancy Supplements: Depending on the results of your preconception blood tests, your healthcare provider may recommend certain supplements. Then there are others that we recommend all women take in pregnancy - like folic acid, which reduces the risk of neural tube defects in babies, such as spina bifida. Ideally, you should start taking folic acid three months before conceiving, but don't worry if you haven't been taking it for that long. Your healthcare provider will guide you on the appropriate dosage so it's important to chat with them.

  3. Understand Your Cycle: Tracking your menstrual cycle is helpful for optimizing your chances of conception. Familiarize yourself with ovulation and learn to identify the signs. The most fertile period is the five days leading up to and including ovulation, as sperm can survive inside your body for up to five days. Once ovulation occurs, the egg has a lifespan of only 12 to 24 hours. After this timeframe, pregnancy becomes highly unlikely (and almost impossible) until your next menstrual cycle.

  4. Research Care Provider Options: It's essential to start researching the various care provider options available to you. Finding the right care provider is one of the most crucial decisions you'll make during your first trimester. Take the time to understand the different models of care and their associated statistics for interventions. Being well-informed will empower you to make the best choice for your unique needs and preferences. By doing this research early you will be in the best position to secure the provider of your choice once you get that positive pregnancy test!

  5. Join my Preconception + First Trimester Course: I are thrilled to announce the launch of my new Preconception + First Trimester Course, designed to support your mind, body, and baby during this transformative period. This comprehensive course covers everything from physical and emotional changes to important lifestyle considerations. We also delve into how to choose the right care provider for you, ensuring you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Act quickly to take advantage of our special launch pricing, offering the complete five-module course for only $47!

Preparing your body for a baby is an incredible journey filled with anticipation and excitement. By taking these proactive steps, you're setting a strong foundation for a healthy and fulfilling pregnancy. Embrace this beautiful phase and enjoy the miraculous moments that lie ahead! I am so excited for you!

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