You want to have a child, then it is good to live as healthy as possible so that you increase the chance of a healthy pregnancy (www.strakszwangerworden.nl). The first weeks of pregnancy are very important for the development of a child, so it is important to think about this when you stop taking birth control. For example, start taking 400 mg folic acid, this reduces the chance of birth defects like Spina bifida and also has a protective effect against congenital heart defects.
Did you know that if your partner stops smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs this increases fertility! Did you know that about 80% of couples are pregnant within a year.
To become pregnant, it can be useful to know when ovulation takes place. By monitoring your menstruation for a few months you can calculate your ovulation or use ovulation tests to gain insight. Usually ovulation is 14 days before your period starts. In the 6 days before ovulation you are fertile and most pregnancies occur. Sperm cells can survive a few days in the womb, therefore it is often enough if you have sex every 2-3 days during this period.
How do you recognize ovulation?
To be well prepared for pregnancy it may be useful to make an appointment for the ‘Getting pregnant consult’. We are giving personal advice on becoming pregnant in a healthy way and help you gain insights in your menstrual cycle. If you use medication for, for example, a chronic disease, this deserves extra attention already before pregnancy. It is good to know whether there are any hereditary birth defects that run in your immediate family. When thats the case we can refer you to a clinical geneticist. Genetic testing can sometimes take 4-6 months, so it is important time if you have any questions or uncertainties.