Before You’re Pregnant
Whether you’re already trying to get pregnant or just starting to think about it, you probably have questions. We’re here to help.
Ready to get pregnant?
They say timing is everything. When it comes to getting pregnant, they’re right. You’re most likely to get pregnant during the 5 days before you ovulate and on ovulation day. If you’re ready to get pregnant now, here are some ways to predict when your chances of getting pregnant are highest.
- Use our fertility calculator. It can help you figure out when you’re most likely to get pregnant.
- Monitor your hormones. You can use a home ovulation kit (available at most local drugstores) to test your urine.
- Take your temperature. Your temperature drops 1 or 2 days before you ovulate, then rises 1 or 2 days afterwards. Take your temperature every morning and record it on a tracking chart. Do this for a few months and you’ll be able to spot the day you’ll ovulate.
Increasing your chances
Some people plan ahead, some let nature take its course, and others need a little help from us to conceive. Getting pregnant takes time and depends on many factors. Try to be patient with yourself, and with the process.
If you have trouble getting pregnant, a few simple lifestyle changes could improve your chances:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Take steps to manage stress.
- Avoid cigarettes, drugs, and heavy alcohol use.
If you’ve been trying for a while and nothing’s happening, talk to us about it. Your primary care doctor or gynecologist can help you figure out why, and work with you to increase your chances for success.
Preparing your body for pregnancy
Healthy habits now can help you have a healthy pregnancy later. Here are a few ways you can get your body in shape for the journey of a lifetime:
- Eat well.
- Don’t smoke — and if you do smoke, quit.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Limit coffee and other caffeinated drinks to 1 to 2 cups a day.
- Get your flu shot and make sure your immunizations are up-to-date.
- Take a multivitamin with 0.4 milligrams of folic acid.
- Get tested for sexually transmitted infections.
- If you have a condition like asthma or diabetes, work with us to keep it under control.
Am I pregnant?
Some women know right away. Others are very surprised! If you missed your period, the easiest way to find out if you’re expecting is by taking a home pregnancy test.
You can buy a pregnancy test at your local drug store without a prescription. They’re easy to use and very accurate when you follow the instructions. If your test is positive, call us to schedule a prenatal appointment right away. If it’s negative and your period doesn’t start soon, take another test in 1 week.
If you prefer, we can also do a pregnancy test for you at one of our medical office laboratories. Just contact your Primary Care or OB-Gyn provider.