Pregnancy is a very sensitive period of a woman’s life. Expecting a baby is a particular time for the whole family. It is a period of change, joy, and at the same time concern. Taking care of yourself and your body during this beautiful and sensitive period of your life is really necessary. It is essential to understand the body, what is happening to you, what changes are characteristic of it, and what and when you need to prepare.
Doctors and scientists say the right time to get pregnant is between your late 20s and early 30s. Pregnancy scares almost every woman. However, the fears of pregnant women are changing. In the past, changes in appearance caused more anxiety, now there is fear of job loss, and career difficulties, women tended to postpone pregnancy until they finish their education and reach the desired career heights.
Nowadays, due to advanced medical healthcare services and technologies, the best time to get pregnant is prolonged and there are many pieces of evidence that prove the possibility to get pregnant even later than your early 30s.
The number of families planning to increase their family in advance is increasing, and it is psychological and physical preparation that is the key to a calm and positive expectation of a baby. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for pregnancy and have the right time to create your dream family.
Get rid of bad habits
Before pregnancy, it is essential to give up bad habits (smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc.), and avoid contact with various toxic substances in the environment both at work and at home. Various substances found in cigarettes, coffee, food, or medications can be potentially teratogenic which means that these substances can have an effect on the development of the fetus. Also, try to eat healthily, avoid stress, and exercise regularly. Normal body weight is very important, and being overweight or underweight can not only make it difficult to get pregnant but also make it difficult to carry a baby safely. It is a scientifically proven fact that obesity and being underweight are linked with a number of pregnancy complications.
Visits to doctors
If you suffer from chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid pathology, etc., consult not only your gynecologist but also your family doctor before pregnancy. This is necessary because it is very important to properly correct (treat) these diseases, in other words – to stabilize them, even before pregnancy. If you are taking any medications, ask your doctor if they are safe to use during pregnancy. Another very important specialist is a dentist, be sure to visit him, check yourself, and, if necessary, fix your teeth even before pregnancy. It is a scientifically known fact that babies can bear prematurely due to periodontal diseases. For the prevention of some infectious diseases, it is best to get vaccinated before pregnancy. If it is a possibility of stillbirth, miscarriage, or fetus defects, it is recommended to do prenatal screening tests. During pregnancy, it is important to visit doctors regularly and do all common pregnancy tests.
Supplements for pregnancy planning
Most people have heard about the importance of folic acid in the prevention of various birth defects, but it is important to know that the best results are achieved when folic acid is started as early as possible, that is, at least three months before pregnancy. It is a known fact that folic acid can help decrease the risk or in other words prevent fetus development abnormalities including neural tube defects, congenital heart defects, cleft palate, and cleft lip. Another essential supplement to ensure your body and baby’s health is NMN (Nicotinamide mononucleotide). It is a scientifically proven fact that there is a positive link between NMN and fertility. NMN or nicotinamide mononucleotide is a precursor for NAD+. One study’s results with mice show and confirm the hypothesis that NMN can improve the fertility of the aged woman. These results also are very important for assisted reproductive technologies. The level of NAD+ decreases in most of our body tissues when we age. According to a study, NMN supplement can increase NAD+ in oocytes, which helps reduce DNA damage and prevent damage of free radicals and oocytes apoptosis. Other essential supplements for pregnancy include iodine, vitamin D, and iron.