Preparing for a child

Many couples find at some point that having a child of their own is the greatest wish. A child would complete their partnership! But it is important not to put yourself under pressure, even if it takes longer than you expect. If you have been trying to conceive a child for longer than one year, then you should discuss with your gynaecologist what to do next.

With some good planning and preparation, it is highly likely that you and your partner will soon be celebrating. After all, having a child is the most natural thing in the world.

Preparing for a child – a time of change

A woman’s body plays a crucial role in the development of the embryo. Her child is entirely dependent on its mother’s body. If you are planning to have a child, it is therefore recommendable to think about certain eating habits and lifestyles, and take the opportunity to have yourself examined from head to toe. In practice, this means a healthy diet in combination with exercise, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, striving to maintain a healthy body weight, ensuring a comprehensive supply of micronutrients such as folic acid, iodine, iron, magnesium, calcium and specific omega-3 fatty acids, and also checking your vaccinations and visiting the dentist. This provides an ideal environment for becoming pregnant.

Tips when preparing for a child

One thing is ultimately important for both you and your partner when you are trying to have a child – relaxation! Enjoy spending some time together. 
Taking short breaks or going on a relaxed spa weekend will reduce the everyday stress in your life. Even minor changes in your lifestyle can often prove helpful. 
For example, tobacco and alcohol should be strictly avoided because they can be detrimental to fertility. 
A healthy and well-balanced diet with a sufficient supply of micronutrients can provide support for female fertility.

The significance of micronutrients for fertility

Even before you conceive, you can contribute to your good health and therefore the health of your child by consciously eating specific foods. 

A balanced diet with all important micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements creates a good foundation for metabolism and fertility. 

Women who have been using a hormonal method of contraception should take particular care to ensure that they consume a sufficient supply of folic acid. Folic acid is an especially important micronutrient for a child’s development. It belongs to the group of B vitamins and is vital for cell division, together with vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Around 100 billion new cells are formed from a fertilised egg cell. If you are therefore planning to have a child, it is essential to make sure from the very beginning that your body receives an ideal supply of micronutrients that are especially important for both mother and child because they have a beneficial effect on fertility and can get you off to a good start.

Use your fertile days

Do you know when you are fertile? The fertility calculator at www.orthomol-natal.de makes it easy to calculate your fertile days. And our expert is on hand to answer any questions you might have on becoming pregnant.

It takes two to make a baby

Your partner can also do a lot to actively support his health. And so if you are planning to have a baby, remember to think about your partner as well, particularly with respect to his sperm quality.