There’s nothing more exciting than being a newlywed—besides maybe trying for your first baby. This is such an exhilarating time while also confusing or intimidating, too. But it certainly doesn’t have to be! Here are all of our best tips for getting and being pregnant as newlyweds and really enjoying the process.
Tips for Navigating Fertility as Newlyweds
Go for a Checkup
Before you start trying for a baby, both individuals should go for their annual check-ups. This is just a good idea to make sure that you’re both healthy and to examine any potential risk factors that might be in play prior to conceiving.
Getting a good amount of exercise when you’re trying to conceive is important to the process. Aim for at least 30 minutes each day of moderate exercise. This could be a great thing to do as a couple!
Eat a Well Balanced Diet
Eating a diet rich in fiber, folate, and well rounded vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is even more important than normal when trying to get pregnant. An abundance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins should be on your shopping list in order to be at your optimal health for fertility.
Try Not to Stress
The less you stress when trying to get pregnant, the easier it’ll be to conceive. This may sound strange, but it’s proven by science that the more relaxed you are, the quicker the process will be overall. That’s because high stress levels can alter your ovulation cycle, making it tricky to nail down when the best time to conceive is.
Focus on a Healthy Lifestyle
In general, you’ll want to shift unhealthy habits towards a more healthy lifestyle prior to getting pregnant. This is a great mission to work through together. Even though you both won’t physically be pregnant, it’ll be helpful to get on the same page regarding how you can get to your peak physical, emotional, and mental health.
Tips for Navigating a Pregnancy for Newlyweds
If you’re newly pregnant, here are some tips for navigating this special time as newlyweds.
Talk About Parenting Styles
When you’re pregnant is the time to chat about parenting styles, goals you each have as a parent, and how you envision things going once the baby actually arrives. Obviously you don’t have to set things in stone, but it’s a great launchpad to have this conversation early.
Go to Doctor Appointments Together
Going to your doctor appointments together is a great way to stay on the same page throughout a pregnancy regarding the health of mom and the baby alike. It’s also a special bonding experience to see the ultrasounds together.
Still Prioritize Your Sex Life
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t be intimate! Of course, talk to your doctor about this at your regular appointments, but still prioritize having sex regularly and taking time to really connect before the baby arrives.
Stock up on Sleep
Before the baby comes is the perfect time to get some extra Z’s. Once the baby arrives, of course you may end up a bit sleep deprived. Make it a priority to get rest while you can in preparation for this major change to your schedule.
Create a Budget
Babies are expensive, so your spending habits may need to be adjusted when your new addition arrives. Talk about this before the baby comes to get on the same page on a budget to stick to. There won’t be tons of time to do this after the baby is here, so make it a priority to talk through while you’re still pregnant.
Whether you’re in the stages of trying to get pregnant or you have a baby on the way, this is an exciting time, especially if you’re a newlywed! Enjoy all that comes with it as you prepare to welcome your new family member!