Tips for Starting Your Family

We're diving into one of life's most beautiful adventures: starting a family! If you're here, you're likely eager to embark on the journey of parenthood, and we're thrilled to be part of your story at Peek A Baby.

Whether you're just beginning to think about expanding your family or you've been actively trying for a little one, we've got some warm, friendly advice to share to help you along the way.

When trying to conceive, there are several things you can do to optimise your chances of getting pregnant and ensuring a healthy pregnancy.

Nourish Your Body and Soul

Think of this as the first step on your path to parenthood. It's all about nourishing your body and soul with goodness. Embrace a balanced diet filled with vibrant fruits, crisp veggies, and whole grains.

This includes eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Monitor your intake of alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods to make sure you’re not overconsuming them. Regular exercise can also help improve fertility.

Treat yourself to regular walks, yoga sessions, or whatever brings you joy and relaxation. Remember, a happy, healthy you set the stage for a happy, healthy journey to parenthood.

Nourishing your body
Understanding your cycle

Getting to Know Your Menstrual Cycle

Get to know your body's natural rhythm by tracking your menstrual cycle. Understanding your cycle can help you identify your most fertile days.

Ovulation typically occurs around the middle of the menstrual cycle, so knowing when this window is can significantly increase your chances of getting pregnant. Tracking your cycle using apps or ovulation predictor kits can help pinpoint the best time for conception.

Timing is Everything

Cue the romantic music and cosy up with your partner during your fertile window. Your most fertile window is typically a few days before ovulation and on the day of ovulation itself. Aim to have intercourse a few days before ovulation and on the day of ovulation itself to maximise your chances of conception.

Sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for several days, so having sex regularly throughout this time can increase your chances of conception. Remember, it's not just about the act itself—it's about the connection, the intimacy, and the joy of coming together to create life in the most beautiful way possible.

Balancing Your Weight for Fertility

Finding balance is key when it comes to optimising fertility. Both being underweight and overweight can affect your ability to conceive, so aim for a healthy weight by embracing a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity.

Think of it as preparing your body for the incredible journey ahead, ensuring that you're in prime condition to welcome a little one into your life.

Manage Your Stress

High levels of stress can wreak havoc on your hormonal balance, potentially impacting fertility. Our bodies are incredibly sensitive, and when stress hormones like cortisol are elevated for prolonged periods, they can throw off the delicate balance needed for conception.

Take time to unwind and de-stress with activities like meditation, yoga, or simply indulging in hobbies you enjoy. Cultivating a sense of calm and relaxation not only benefits your overall well-being but also creates a supportive environment for conception.

Bidding Farewell to Smoking

If you're a smoker, now is the perfect time to kick the habit. Smoking has been linked to decreased fertility in both men and women, so quitting can significantly improve your chances of conceiving.

Take this opportunity to prioritise your health and well-being, setting yourself up for success on your journey to parenthood. Seek out support from friends, family, or healthcare professionals, and arm yourself with tools and strategies to help you overcome cravings and stay on track.

Giving Your Baby-to-Be a Boost with Prenatal Vitamins

Say hello to your new best friends: prenatal vitamins! These tiny powerhouses are packed with essential nutrients, which plays a crucial role in foetal development.

Ensure you’re taking prenatal vitamins containing folic acid as soon as you start trying to conceive. Folic acid is important for foetal development and can help prevent birth defects. Make them a part of your daily routine, and rest easy knowing you're giving your future bundle of joy the best possible start in life.

Moderating Your Indulgences

While a glass of wine or a cup of coffee can be a lovely indulgence, it's important to limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine when trying to conceive. Both substances have been linked to decreased fertility, so consider swapping that second cup of coffee for a soothing herbal tea instead.

Seeking Guidance from Healthcare Professionals

If you've been trying to conceive for a while without success, don't hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider for guidance. They can offer personalised advice, perform tests to identify any underlying issues, and help you explore potential treatment options.

Remember, you're not alone on this journey. Your healthcare provider is there to support you every step of the way, offering expertise, compassion, and hope for the future.

Peek A Baby’s sister clinic, Ultrasound Care, also offers a range of gynaecology scans for women who might be trying to conceive or want to know more about their health. Whether you want to find out more about your fertility, or have a pelvic well-being check, get in touch today for your private gynaecology scans.

Be Prepared For Your Pregnancy

As you embark on this incredible adventure, remember that parenthood is as much about the journey as it is about the destination.

Cherish each moment, from the quiet anticipation to the joyous celebrations, knowing that you're creating a beautiful life filled with love, laughter, and endless possibilities. Parenthood awaits, and it's going to be the most extraordinary adventure of your life.

Learn About Your Baby When You’re Pregnant with Peek A Baby!

Have a look at pregnancy scan clinics in preparation for when you’re pregnant! At Peek A Baby, we have various pregnancy scans and tests you can do to learn all about your baby before they arrive.

Do you think you’ll want your baby’s gender to be a surprise? Or will you be desperate to find out what you’re having? If you’ll be counting down the days until you can know, you only have to wait 6 weeks with the SneekPeek Early Gender Test at Peek A Baby! It’s 99.9% accurate, the only test of its kind for this early stage of pregnancy.