When you are trying to conceive, you will quickly find there are many things that you will need to remember and a large number of decisions you will need to make. While it can seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. A good TTC checklist covering conception, pregnancy and delivery may be just what you require in order to reduce stress and make you feel as confident and in control of the process as possible.
Just remember to relax and enjoy the process as much as possible. This is a wonderful journey you are about to embark on, and it is worthwhile to try and experience the journey in a positive way. Regardless of whether you are still trying to conceive or if you are already pregnant, this checklist for pregnancy can make it easy for you to break down the different stages of maternity in a way that is easy to follow and understand.
Prior to conceiving
Get a physical exam. Have the doctor check for any health problems that may make conception more difficult. Bring a list of questions that you may have about your health or about the conception process. Consider discussing topics such as your weight, your activity levels and any habits such as drinking or smoking that may affect your ability to conceive.
If your doctor says you are on chronic medications that may harm your baby, it is now time to switch to less harmful alternatives or learn how to reduce your child’s risk of being harmed.
Speak with female relatives about how easy or difficult it was for them to conceive. Certain health conditions, such as endometriosis, can make it difficult to get pregnant and some of these have a genetic component.
Begin reading about how to chart your ovulation cycle. Consider installing an app on your phone or computer that allows you to track your cycles. Learn basic information about how ovulation and conception take place.
Stop taking birth control. Find out from your doctor if there needs to be a wash-out period between when you stop taking it and when you can safely get pregnant. Use a backup method of contraception during this time period.
Decide whether you want to chart your cervical mucus texture and basal temperature. These can be good ways to tell when ovulation has occurred and when you are at your most fertile.
Once you have conceived, schedule an appointment with your general practitioner. Ask for recommendations for obstetricians or midwives if you prefer to go that route.
Labour and delivery
Once the baby has arrived, enjoy your new baby and some time with your partner as a new family.
Maternityathome, maternityathome.com, is a pregnancy and infancy resource for expecting or new mothers. Reprinted with permission from Maternityathome.
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