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Wherever we go, whatever we do – we will always take steps forward.
There will be no progress in stepping back, unless you need guidance to control the direction of your life. And, so we keep moving forward no matter what.
Another step forward is getting ready for the baby bump.
Planning your future, getting ready for that small heartbeat growing in you – they will not be easy. Yet, it will all be worth the challenges.
For all future moms, let’s start answering some questions regarding fertility and future parenthood, shall we?
What is fertility? How do I know if I am fertile?
Fertility is – in simpler terms – the capability to get pregnant. When a woman is ovulating, the ovaries will release one egg cell.
The egg cell, then, will be fertilized by a sperm cell. This process is now called “fertilization”.
Some women do not always notice if they are fertile or not. This is why there are ladies who are used to counting the days till their next ovulation.
While it is very helpful to count the days, there are times when ovulating can come early or a little delayed.
While it is not obvious for some to know if they are fertile, there are visible signs to know if you are. Fertility is sometimes not so hard to tell.
You may experience a certain clear discharge that may indicate fertility. There are other signs like rise in body temperature and sore breasts that can tell you if you are fertile.
There will be certain moments where there is an ache or a slight pressure at the side of your body. This ache may indicate your fertile window closing. If you are trying to get pregnant, it would be best to not wait for everything to come to that.
What are three things I should know about before getting pregnant?
For starters, it would be best to quit all harmful vices.
Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages may cause complications. It may be the root of infertility and other health issues. It is also unhealthy for your body and may leave effects that your future baby might suffer with.
Next, it is good to visit your doctor for better counseling on your step forward. Your doctor will be of great help in planning for your preconception.
They may know much about fertility and how you can achieve your goals faster.
Last, but not the least – always avoid stress. Some people may not know, but stress does more harm to our bodies than we think. Keep calm, keep smiling, keep shining!
What activities may be harmful to fertility?
One of the most common activities we should avoid is pulling off all-nighters.
While some of us may say that we will get good sleep right after, it does not change the fact that it has made changes to hormone production.
Another common mistake we do that compromise chances of fertilization is doing heavy and exhausting activities like working out too much and stressing over everything.
Hormone production is very important in trying to conceive. The more there is hormonal imbalance, the lesser the chances of fertility.
What foods are good for the reproductive system and fertility?
These foods are not only healthy for the reproductive system or fertility alone. These foods are good for your whole body!
Whole grains is one example of good food. Whole grain foods are very rich in fiber, making pregnancy easier.
Watching our weight is also very important when it comes to conception, so whole-grain foods are saviors. Get those whole-wheat breads and pastas in the shopping cart!
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as certain fish and nuts is also a good addition to the selection. They are very healthy for the brain and the reproductive system. These foods also help in keeping your body joints smooth and friction-free.
Are there foods I should avoid to remain fertile?
When you are pregnant, it is important to have a balanced and healthy diet. This is due to the fact that you will be feeding two hungry bellies.
The same goes for the fertile window – you will need to prepare your future child’s home for nine months. Healthy food is definitely needed!
Make sure to be wary of trans fat and refined carbohydrates which do not really do anything for the body – but, jeopardize your normal blood sugar and blood pressure level.
Avoid eating any raw or half-cooked meat and get rid of any caffeine in your diet. As an alternative for coffee, eat an apple in the morning. They are healthy and they surely keep the doctor away!
What are routines and habits that should go in to daily or weekly schedules in preparation for pregnancy?
We all know that excessive workouts are bad for the body, especially if you wish to achieve fertility.
Regardless of this fact, it is always a good idea to trim down on fat and decrease carbohydrate intake. So, walk when you can and relax swimming from time to time. You do not have to do extreme workouts to be fertile and prepare for pregnancy.
Steer clear of stressful environments and situations. Choose surroundings that make you feel calm and comfortable.
Always make sure you listen to your physician, and get enough sleep at night.
It is important to have a happy and healthy pregnancy!
Breathe in. Breathe out. Then, repeat it again.
Achieving fertility may be difficult for some, easier for some.
One of the most important things to remember in taking another step forward is to keep calm. Do your best to channel your thoughts to something more positive, more optimistic.
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