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Trying for a baby

Posted at : 09, Feb 2018 12:54 PM

By Kemi Olowe

Trying for a baby can be fun and straight forward or, one of the hardest experiences you will have. I’m sure most people do not think about having any problems in this area unless there is a known underlying issue. Have a read of my top tips for trying for a baby*


  • Folic acid

There’s a common misconception that folic acid helps you to get pregnant – it doesn’t. Women are encouraged to start taking 400g of folic acid at least one month before conception or as soon as you decide to start trying. Folic acid contains the essential vitamin nutrient B9 which can help reduce the chances of your baby being born with a neural tube defect such as Spina Bifida. It is recommended to take it until week 12 of your pregnancy.


  • Stop Smoking

For some, smoking may be a habit that has been difficult to give up but continuing in pregnancy may cause complications, low birth weight and birth defects.


  • No Alcohol

Whilst experts haven’t defined a safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy just yet, I’d say, stay away from alcohol until more is known. Babies differ in sensitivity to alcohol and you’re better off safe than sorry...


  • Weight management

Ensuring your weight and BMI (Body Mass Index) is at the correct level plays a key factor in preparing your body for conception. If you have a BMI of over 25, you are categorised as overweight and anything over 30 is categorised as obese. Both raise the risk of high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and blood clots. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising (nothing drastic) will aid you with your weight management.


  • Long term conditions

If you have a long-term condition, it is advisable that you speak with your GP or consultant before tying so that you can be guided on the next steps to take.


  • Pre-Conception check-up

It’s not mandatory but definitely worth seeing your GP or nurse to go through your reproductive health – smear tests, previous pregnancies, menstrual cycle and general health.


  • Vitamins
  1. Iron – Some studies suggest it helps improve egg quality. Foods rich in iron are pumpkinseeds, beans, red meat and pulses
  2. Folate - Protects ovarian function. Can be found in some cereals. Kale and leafy greenveg.
  3. Zinc improves sperm quality and is found in shellfish.
  4. Omega3 fatty acids help to regulate hormones. Chia seeds and banana have a good sourceof it.


  • Virginal clean up

Now, this is not applicable to everyone but, if you are using things like virginal sprays, artificiallubricants or scented tampons, it’s time to stop. They can cause a pH imbalance in your virginal andmake it sperm unfriendly.


  • Enjoy your sex life

Regular, fun and exciting sex life will make trying to conceive enjoyable and less of a chore. It’s important that sex does not become something just for baby making. Imagine when the kids come and you have to plan and worry about being disturbed...? I’ll leave that there

Extra tip: There is no need to have sex every day – remember that sperm can survive for up to seven days in your body.


  • Have a Life

It’s very important to still do what you normally do and not put a stop to everything. This may be easier said than done, especially if there is an underlying condition. My point is... don’t let trying for a baby totally takes over your life because stress certainly won’t make it any easier.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice; please ensure you speak with a health professional

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