15 Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

For most couples, achieving a pregnancy is something that is taken for granted. However for some, it’s not that easy. In fact, it’s estimated that one in seven couples in the UK suffer from some sort of fertility problem and trying to conceive is the second most common reason for young women to see their GP. The good news is that most couples that seek help will go on to have healthy pregnancies without any treatment, and in cases where treatment is required it is often limited to a minimal amount of intervention.

Of course, trying to conceive is full of anxiety and questions; with every month the pressure of trying to have a baby can put a lot of strain on relationships and everyday life. The press and glossy mags are always full of fertility stories and celebrity mums who have children without any problems.

In order to reassure would-be parents, it is perfectly reasonable to have non-invasive investigations to make sure that the basic ingredients for conceiving are all present.

These include urine and blood tests to confirm a woman is ovulating, as well as checking the ovarian reserve – the ability of the ovary to produce eggs that are capable of fertilization and producing a healthy pregnancy.

A comprehensive result from a semen analysis test takes just a few days, and an ultrasound examination will demonstrate the health of the uterus and ovaries. In all it shouldn’t take more than a month to collect all this information- the results of which, more often than not, can provide a great deal of reassurance for those trying to get pregnant. If fertility treatment is needed, it is often in the form of encouraging ovulation which involves small amounts of medication.

There are many reasons for not conceiving, however in some couples there is simply no reason why it’s not happening, this is called unexplained sub-fertility. In these cases, there are several avenues for treatment including intra-uterine insemination (IUI) which involves washing and preparing the sperm before it is placed into the womb via a thin straw.

While IVF and similar technologies are only required for the minority of couples they are good at overcoming the more serious fertilityTips For A Healthy Pregnancy


issues such as damaged fall opian tubes or a very low sperm count. Although IVF is viewed as the best fertility treatment, its

use needs to be balanced against the complications that can arise during treatment. IVF is a great treatment when it is needed, but its use should be limited to those that definitely need it. Much of the stress of fertility treatment can be taken away by seeing the same doctor and nurse throughout the treatment so queries, questions and reassurance can be given in a timely and appropriate way. So remember, while delays in conceiving can be anxious times, most people will conceive by themselves – and when help is needed there is a great deal that can be offered.

Top 15 Tips for a healthy pregnancy:

  • Start taking folic acid
  • Make sure you have been immunised against German measles
  •  Don’t smoke
  • Being overweight or underweight can affect your fertility
  •  Try not to over-analyse your menstrual cycle
  • Seek help and advice early if you are worried
  • Most fertility tests can be done quickly
  •  Most couples don’t need any treatment
  • Most problems can be helped.
  • Please Do Exercise as much as you can.
  • Please put some concentrate also on good nutritional diet.
  • Go Outside: If you have a backyard, plant a tree when your child is born that will grow as she grows. If you’re an urban mama-to-be, consider a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of Baby. Either way, get yourself outdoors! Trees produce oxygen, remove carbon from the air and help fight global warming.
  • Make Time for Massage: Prenatal massages help improve circulation, relieve pressure on aching joints and reduce stress and irritability. Plus, it feels really, really good. Splurge on a professional massage or entice a friend to give you a rubdown with homemade massage oil. Green Babies, Sage Moms author Lynda Fassa recommends combining a two-inch knob of chopped ginger with half a cup of almond,grape-seed or olive oil for an invigorating rub.
  • Drink Water: You and your babe-to-be need lots of water to thrive. Skip the single-use plastic bottles and arm yourself with a safe, reusable thermos.
  • Find a Better Cup of Joe: it’s tough to put your java habit on hold for nine months, so if you are going to drink it, look for naturally decaffeinated beans that have received the Swiss Water Process, a chemical-free treatment that is better for you and your baby.

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