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Things to Know Before Planning for a Baby

things to know while planning for a baby
If you are considering in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in Ontario at a reputable fertility clinic, there are a few key factors that can improve your chances of a successful pregnancy. It is evident that certain lifestyle changes are expected but did you know that regular medical appointments and lowering stress are just as important?

Before visiting a fertility clinic in Kitchener-Waterloo, it may help to have your goals spelled out. The journey of infertility can be a long and complicated one with many ups and downs. Knowing what to expect and having a clear picture of how to achieve your goals can help.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is the first step in planning for a baby. For men, a high Body Mass Index (BMI) is marked at more than 25 and can contribute to their ability to produce healthy sperm. In women, a healthy BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 can help lower the risk for preterm birth, preeclampsia, and birth defects.

Stop Taking Birth Control Pills

Obviously if you are planning for a baby, stopping any form of birth control is vital to increase your chances to become pregnant. Talk to your fertility specialist about your past use of birth control, especially any IUDs or birth control shots.

Improve Your Lifestyle

The major changes to make, for both partners, is quitting smoking or use of any form of recreational tobacco or drugs. Along with smoking, its recommended to stop drinking alcohol. Alcohol can hinder the development of a baby’s brain, heart, and lungs especially in the first three months of pregnancy.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes eating a balanced diet. This includes reducing your
intake of caffeine, whether it be with beverages or food.

Also Read:  Lifestyle Choices That Pose Fertility Risks For Men And Women

Mind Your Mental Health

In terms of stress, the connection between one’s physical health and mental health can be linked to higher infertility rates. Try to get a good night’s sleep, spend time with family and friends, and perform meditation exercise to ease your mind.

Visit ONE Fertility Kitchener Waterloo if You Are Planning to Have a Baby

When planning for a baby, make an appointment with the specialists at ONE Fertility Kitchener Waterloo. We are a state-of-the-art fertility and IVF clinic with specialized and expert fertility care, treatment, and infertility counseling in Kitchener Waterloo. Contact us today to book a consultation with one of our esteemed fertility specialists.


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