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How to Prepare Your Body Before Conceiving

Oct 01, 2023

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Family planning may involve thoughtful lifestyle and diet changes to prepare your body for conception. These changes are not just beneficial for the pregnancy but also have a long-term impact on your health and that of your future child.

Here at Cornforth Gynecology & Med Spa in San Antonio, Texas, board-certified OB/GYN Katherine Cornforth and our team, including Elizabeth Hernandez, RN, MSN, WHCNP, have helped countless couples take their first steps toward starting or growing their family. Our dedicated team offers family planning services and is here to guide you through every stage of preconception preparation, ensuring a healthier pregnancy and baby.

Diet and nutrition

The foods you eat play an essential role in your reproductive health. It’s not just about cutting out junk food; it’s about incorporating the right balance of nutrients that support both mother and baby. We recommend focusing on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

Our experts at Cornforth Gynecology & Med Spa can tailor a nutrition plan to meet your specific needs, ensuring you receive all the essential vitamins and minerals for a healthy pregnancy. This plan may include prenatal vitamins.

Physical activity

Regular exercise is crucial for everyone, but it becomes even more important when you’re planning to conceive. Engaging in moderate exercise can help regulate your hormones, improve your mood, and prepare your body for the physical challenges of pregnancy.

Fertility checkup

Knowing your fertility status can give you a head start in your journey to parenthood. Simple tests can provide a wealth of information and help you and your healthcare provider make informed decisions.

At Cornforth Gynecology & Med Spa, we offer comprehensive fertility assessments and personalized plans to improve your chances of conceiving naturally.

Mental well-being

Preparing your body for pregnancy also involves preparing your mind. Stress can adversely affect your hormones, so practicing stress-reducing techniques, such as mindfulness or yoga, can go a long way in enhancing fertility.

Limiting caffeine consumption

For many, a cup of coffee is integral to their daily routine. However, excessive caffeine intake can negatively impact your fertility. Drinking more than two caffeinated beverages daily in the weeks leading up to conception is associated with an increased risk of miscarriages.

Our healthcare providers can offer strategies to help you scale back your caffeine consumption.

Eating sweets in moderation

While sugary treats may be comforting, it’s important to know the impact of added sugars on fertility. A diet high in added sugars can lead to insulin resistance, which may, in turn, result in hormonal imbalances that affect ovulation. It can also contribute to weight gain, another factor known to influence fertility.

Preconception health screenings

Before attempting to conceive, it’s beneficial to undergo health screenings to check for any potential issues that could affect your pregnancy. This includes testing for sexually transmitted infections, diabetes, and thyroid conditions, among others.

Your safety and well-being are our utmost priority. We offer a full range of family planning services at Cornforth Gynecology & Med Spa to ensure you are in the best possible health before conceiving.

From adopting a healthier diet to undergoing essential health screenings, every step you take plays a role in family planning. If you’re planning to conceive, we’re thrilled to speak with you about how our team can provide comprehensive guidance.  

Call our San Antonio, Texas office at 210-98105162 to schedule a visit with Dr. Schapiro. Trust Cornforth Gynecology & Med Spa to guide you through this transformative journey, helping you lay the foundation for a healthy pregnancy and a happy family.