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Dos and Don'ts When Trying to Get Pregnant

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

We are aware of the things that we should take care of once a pregnancy starts. Also, what things to avoid so that the pregnancy and delivery go smoothly.  But what about things to consider and avoid when a couple decides to get pregnant? Is this important?



The answer is yes. It is even more crucial as one in six couples face difficulty while trying to conceive. So, what are the do’s and don’ts to follow to ensure higher chances of conception?

Dos to help conception

Having sex at the right time of the month

Surely, this is high up in the DOs list. It is during the days leading to ovulation that increases your chances to get pregnant. Knowing about the pattern of your menstural cycle, your fertile window, and keeping track of your ovulation time will be very helpful to conceive.

Healthy diet

Include foods in your diet that are good sources of all basic nutrients, especially which are rich sources of iron, protein and calcium. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, dairy products should be a part of your daily diet.  Also, take folic acid supplements. These dietary habits will aid in preparing your body for pregnancy.

Exercise, sleep and relax

Moderate and right exercises assume more significance now. This is because tough workouts can interfere with ovulation. Sleep is also crucial now as less than 8 hours of sleep every night can bring about a drop in hormone levels, which are needed for conception. Try to relax by pursuing a hobby, reading a book, etc.

Don’ts in conception

Exclude from diet (foods and drinks)

-Avoid processed, fast and packaged foods

-Avoid fish which have high mercury content. For example, sword fish, tile fish

-Avoid many dairy products

-Avoid unfiltered water which contain chemicals (chlorine)

-Avoid alcohol and smoking. Limit caffeine intake, a cup of coffee per day

-Avoid consuming lot of animal protein. Look for lean protein in lentils, eggs, fish and beans

Exercise level

Avoid strenuous workouts and try to keep your heart rate less than 130 beats per minute. Running, skiing, lifting heavy objects should be avoided. Aim at an exercise routine that benefits your overall health, both physical and mental.

Say NO to stress

Stress has a direct impact on the part of brain, hypothalamus, which tells the ovaries to release eggs.

Being aware of the dos and don’ts and following them is to optimize your chance to conceive. However, if you are 35 years and above and after trying for 1 year, conception does not happen, consult your doctor to check for medical problems. There can be gynaecological issues, which when treated, can help you conceive.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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