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Becoming pregnant

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Lifestyle

Before you become pregnant it is important to think about your lifestyle. Things like being overweight, smoking and alcohol have an effect on your ability to conceive and your unborn child. Please complete the questionnaire on zwanger wijzer and determine which factors you can improve before stopping your birth control. For more information on a healthy lifestyle, please have a look on our own website or the gynaecologist website (Dutch).

Stopping birth control

Depending on which type of birth control you are using, it can take some time before your menstrual cycle is back to normal.  It can be beneficial to wait two menstrual periods after stopping birth control, before trying to conceive. It will provide a clearer picture of when you are likely to be fertile.  Remember to start taking folic acid before stopping your birth control. If it takes longer than 6 months for your menstrual cycle to be back to normal (after stopping birth control) please speak to your doctor.

Medication

Some medication should be decreased over time or be changed to an alternative before becoming pregnant. Discuss with your doctor if any medication you are taking is still ok if you are trying to conceive.  

Fertile days

With most women ovulation takes place 2 weeks before the next expected menstrual period. The days just before ovulation are your fertile days.  An ovulation test helps to determine your fertile days more accurately. Various apps are available to help calculate your menstrual cycle and fertile days. Click here (Dutch) for more information.

Chances of conception are improved by having intercourse every 2 or 3 days during the 6 days before ovulation. 

When you are trying to conceive it is important to make a note of the first day of your menstrual period. With the aid of this information you can calculate how far along you are in your pregnancy and an approximate due date.

Folic acid

In the meantime start taking folic acid if you are trying to conceive. This can be purchased from a chemist or pharmacy. It is recommended to start doing this at least 4 weeks before your planned pregnancy. Continue to take folic acid for at least 10 weeks into your pregnancy. Folic acid reduces the chance of neural tube defects in the baby. If you are already pregnant but have not yet started taking folic acid, no panic but please do this as soon as possible.

Questions about conceiving consultation

If you have questions about becoming pregnant, then you are of course more than welcome to book an appointment for this by speaking to our assistant. Please note: once you have booked the appointment please complete the questionnaire on www.zwangerwijzer.nl and email results to info@verloskundigenbreedstraat.nl. With these answers the midwife will able to prepare better for the consultation.  

Problems with conceiving?

Have you been trying to conceive for a year but have been unsuccessful? Please speak to your doctor about this. If you are 38 or older, speak to your doctor before trying to conceive. It is also advisable to speak to your doctor if you have stopped your birth control 6 months ago and your menstrual cycle has not gone back to normal yet.

Do's for dads

For a long while after the birth we hear fathers proudly claim “they have contributed” to project ‘Baby’. This is your moment to excel. Your contribution should reach your partners egg in optimal form. And yes, we are talking about your winning sperm cell.

To reach the finish first containing all your genetic material, he needs to attend boot camp. We need a naturally trained sperm cell, because these are the best! Doping has an adverse effect on the quality of sperm, just like smoking, alcohol and drugs (also GHB and pills). Start your healthy diet and exercise before your first attempt to conceive.  

Keep your boys at the right temperature by avoiding tight underwear. When the time comes, stay away from lubricants and other lotions and potions. Just natural!

David, father of two daughters

Also interesting, this article about lifestyle and sperm viability. (Dutch)

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