There is no denying that planning to have a baby can be a life-altering decision. You are not only going to bring a tiny human on earth but will also be responsible for him till the time he/she becomes a functional adult. It is not uncommon to get bombarded with a sea of information when you are planning to get pregnant. Hence, it is important to schedule a preconception visit with a trusted doctor.
From pre-existing medical conditions to fertility issues, it is important to take care of certain things before you begin to get under the sheets for the baby-making process. Here is a list of a few questions that you must ask your medical care advisor.
02/8How long will it take me to get pregnant naturally?
While your doctor won’t be able to provide you with exact information as some conceive almost immediately, others take a little longer. The longer you try, the chances of getting pregnant increases. Your gynaecologist may consider the age of you and your partner and medical conditions (if any) to give you some approximation.
03/8What can I do to get pregnant faster?
After you have decided to have a baby, your doctor may suggest a few things which may accelerate the process. Some of them can be staying at your healthiest weight, track your cycle to know when you are ovulating and have sex every 1 to 2 days during your fertile window.
04/8Will my age affect my chances of getting pregnant?
It is said that the chances of a woman to get pregnant naturally declines up to 50 per cent after the age of 35. In the mid-40s, a man’s sperm quality gradually decreases as increasing male age can affect the chances of getting pregnant. Since age affects the fertility of both men and women, it is the single most important factor that impact’s a woman’s chances of getting pregnant.
05/8How frequently should we have sex to get pregnant?
If you are planning to get pregnant, you should start having sex two to three times every week during your fertile window. Your best bet is to have unprotected sex every day during your ovulation period. It is a good idea to ask this question as it will ensure that you mark your calendars accordingly.
06/8Will any previous health issues affect my chances of getting pregnant?
This is an important question to ask to prevent any complications during pregnancy. Since there are certain medical conditions which may impact your chances of conceiving, it is important, to be honest with your doctor. Some of these conditions include previous STDs, PCOD ( polycystic ovarian syndrome) and even the sperm count of your partner.
07/8Are there any supplements or vitamins that I should start taking?
In addition to other prenatal vitamins, your doctor may advise you to start taking Folic supplements, Calcium and Vitamin B 6 to increase your chances of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby.
08/8When should I take a pregnancy test?
Pregnancy tests check your pee or blood for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Ideally, you should wait for at least 7 to 10 days after a missed period to take a pregnancy test. This is because your body needs time to develop detectable levels of HCG if you are pregnant.