Monday, 1 August 2011

The Pill & Fertility: I'm Ready To Have A Baby

Getting pregnant after the pill - fertility facts
Okay, I think I'm ready to have a baby but I'm still on the pill. Is there anything that I have to know? For the majority of couples, infertility will never be a problem. For other couples, infertility a very real and difficult problem to live with - it affects every aspect of their lives. If you're thinking about getting pregnant after the pill, then there are a few things you need to think about first.

The first thing you should do is make an appointment with you doctor for a pre-conception exam. Providing you are given the go ahead you can start trying to immediately.

There are some things that both partners can do to help improve your fertility and chances of conceiving quickly.

FERTILITY BASICS FOR WOMEN:
If you are currently still on the pill then you will need to stop taking it. You may have heard that its a good idea to wait a 3 months before trying to get pregnant. However as far as your fertility is concerned, you are more like to be more fertile in the first three months after stopping the pill than in the next three months after that.

The best way to improve you fertility is by making sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs and is not being exposed to huge amounts of junk foods. Your reproductive health may need some care and attention after all this time so pay attention to what you are eating and make sure you get plenty of amino acids, vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamins B and C. Iron and magnesium are important, so stock up on green vegetables, lean red meat, eggs, nuts, beans and rye. Folic acid reduces birth defects, so eat lots of green leafy vegies.

FERTILITY BASICS FOR MEN:
Don't think you are getting out of it that easy, Dad-to-be! You also play a role in conception and you can help your partner to get pregnant sooner rather than later by wearing cotton boxer shorts and avoiding overheating in jacuzzi's, saunas and hot tubs. Just like Mummy-in-the-making, you should also attempt to minimize stress (ha! If only it was that easy), alcohol & smoking. Antioxidants are also important for improving male fertility chances, so eat foods rich in vitamins C & E. Don't forget zinc and beta-carotene as well. Concentrate on eating fruit, grains, oily fish, and dark green vegetables.

FERTILITY FOR BOTH OF YOU:
If either of you have any dirty little habits...now is the time to stop - specifically, I'm talking about smoking. Detoxifying your body to ensure both you and your baby will be healthy is essential not just for your long term health but also for your reproductive health. Alcohol, caffeine and pre-processed foods - they don't necessarily need to be on your banned substance list at this time but you should know that it is vital that you start minimizing your intake immediately so that when you do conceive, stopping these things will not be an problem for you. Please be aware that they do interfere with fertility so if you have any concerns then you ought to avoid them completely.

Concentrate instead on eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid sugar, salt and orange juice. (You should always talk to your doctor before removing any food from your diet in its entirety.) And don't underestimate drinking plenty of water, preferably
filtered.

Regular exercise is also very important when trying to begin a family. Try walking in the evening together. After all, once your baby is here you won't have that special time together - so take advantage of it!

Remember, conception may take a bit of time. So stay healthy, exercise, eat right and relax. And if you have questions regarding you or your partner's fertility, your physician is just a phone call away.

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