When talking about what to do when preparing to get pregnant, exercise is a vital step.
As part of maintaining a healthy weight, it’s important that you regularly exercise as well before you get pregnant. The workout can help you to deal with the changes that your body will have to undergo during pregnancy.
If you are already exercising before you become pregnant then you can continue the same routine. If you are not currently exercising then you should consult your doctor first.
Common Fertility Problems
Another major reason why you should consult your doctor before you try getting pregnant is that you or your partner might have some kind of fertility problem. Infertility is relatively common. In fact, around 1 out of 7 couples have some form of fertility problem.
More than 80% of couples should be able to conceive within a year if they have unprotected sex regularly, or every two to three days.
For some women, getting pregnant is quite easy. But for some, it may be more difficult. It is not just women who might have fertility problems because men might have some medical issues as well. The resultant problem of infertility is the inability to get pregnant. This can be accompanied by an abnormal menstrual cycle including long intervals, irregular menstruation, or short duration. Common causes of infertility include:
- Lack of ovulation usually associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Low-quality semen
- Damaged fallopian tubes or previous pelvic operation
- Hormonal problems (abnormal thyroid hormone levels, diabetes mellitus)
Endometriosis and adenomyosis usually present with painful menstruation. The rest however may be a bit difficult to catch without laboratory workup. You need to consult your doctor so it can be checked if you have fertility issues even before you try. After 6 months of trying to get pregnant and you are not getting results, you should also see your doctor.