Stopping birth control
It makes sense to get as fit and healthy as you can before you get pregnant so you and your partner might like to take this opportunity to make some healthy lifestyle choices. You don’t need us to preach here – you know what we mean – more exercise, better food, giving up smoking, cutting out alcohol and reducing caffeine intake.
It sounds like a long list of don’ts but you can look on this time as an opportunity to really spoil yourselves –eat really good food, relax, laugh more, love lots – you’re making a baby.
If you’ve been using hormonal contraception check with your doctor or family planning clinic for the best advice on when to conceive. Women who are ready to have a baby are advised to take a folic acid supplement in preparation – you can buy this from the pharmacy or ask your GP to prescribe it.
It can take longer than you might think to make a baby. The NHS choices website says that over 80% of couples having regular sex will conceive within a year. By “regular” they mean 3-4 times a week – that’s a whole lot of loving. It helps to be healthy – swing the odds in your favour as much as you can with the things you can change (diet, exercise, caffeine, alcohol) and don’t stress about the things you can’t – your age for example.