Originally published at Mommy Engineering Blog
Welcome to Mommy Engineering’s new series about Pregnancy! This week we cover the things you should do before trying to conceive with a FREE PRINTABLE!
It’s a big decision when a couple decides that it’s time to start a family. Congratulations! Family Planning can be an exciting time for both parents-to-be! My hope is that you have a successful conception with these tips I’ve outlined below because it can be equally exciting and stressful, maybe even intimidating.
9 Things to Do BEFORE Trying to Conceive
Consult with your doctor: Schedule a visit to your family doctor & Gynecologist and:
- Get a wellness check
- Go over your family histories
- Go over your medical histories
- Address any other concerns you may have
Start taking Prenatal Vitamins every day
- How to Choose a Prenatal Vitamin: There are several kinds of prenatal vitamins you can take and it’s best to consult your doctor/OB/Gynecologist on the best one FOR YOU. In general, there are certain vitamins and minerals your prenatal must have:
- 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid
- 400 IU of vitamin D
- 200 to 300 milligrams (mg) of calcium
- 70 mg of vitamin C
- 3 mg of thiamine
- 2 mg of riboflavin
- 20 mg of niacin
- 6 mcg of vitamin B12
- 10 mg of vitamin E
- 15 mg of zinc
- 17 mg of iron
- 150 micrograms of iodine
- Your doctor would know your medical history and know if you need a prescription prenatal vitamin depending on your body’s needs. Over-the-Counter prenatal vitamins are the go-to source and your doctor can help you decide on one as well. There are organic & vegan options for prenatal vitamins as well.
- For men who smoke, they usually have a lower sperm count and also risk damaging their sperm.
- For women who smoke, it can take longer to conceive.
Minimize your Caffeine Intake: Although there is no conclusive evidence to show that drinking caffeine when trying to conceive affects your fertility, they do recommend that while pregnant, you should not drink more than 200 mg of caffeine a day. Therefore if you’re an avid coffee drinker, starting to minimize your caffeine intake during the conception period may be helpful.
- Melatonin, the hormone in your body that regulates your sleep/wake cycle, also can help protect eggs from damage.
- Leptin is another hormone in your body that plays a role in ovulation and low levels of this hormone can cause irregular menstrual cycles.
- Drugs that effect male fertility: Replacement testosterone, anabolic steroids, opiates/narcotics, alpha blockers, some antibiotics and drugs used to treat prostate enlargement, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, SSRI anti-depressants, and fungal infections.
- Drugs that effect female fertility or ability to conceive: Prescription or Over-The-Counter NSAIDS (Motrin or Advil), herbal remedies, SSRI anti-depressants, anti-epileptic, thyroid medication, and skin products with estrogen or progesterone.