Preparing Yourself for Your Second Baby

If you’re thinking of having a second baby, then you need to take care of a few aspects before you begin attempting to conceive for the second time. Issues such as fitness, diet, medical condition, and ovulation are all things that you should look into before you start taking the first steps to making your second baby. Read on to learn more.

Start eating healthy.

While you might not always be in the mood to prepare a healthy meal for yourself from scratch, try to get into the habit of eating healthy by getting used to exerting your willpower. Make sure you take your prenatal vitamins before you conceive to ensure that you’re receiving the nutrients your body needs to for a healthy pregnancy. 

Focus on eating wholesome meals and snacks at regular intervals during the day and keep your weight - as well as your body mass index (BMI) - under control. Try cutting up and preparing fresh and healthy ingredients while your child is sleeping and store them in the fridge for when you need to whip up a healthy meal. Also use weekends to prep healthy meals for the days ahead and store what you can in the freezer.

Get back in shape.

Try to be in as good a shape as possible before you try to conceive; get your groove back on by joining a gym to bust those extra kilograms, or invest in a workout DVD or two If you don’t have time to pop in for a 30-minute session at your local gym. The very least you can do is go for daily 20-minute walks either early in the morning or when your child is asleep under the supervision of your spouse or another adult.

Don’t skip your preconception checkups.

Just as you’d make sure to regularly take your child for checkups and vaccinations, treat yourself the same way and protect yourself from colds and diseases by seeing your doctor regularly. Ensuring your physical well-being is paramount for a healthy pregnancy, so don’t neglect your health. 

Issues that you should discuss with your doctor include keeping chronic conditions such as diabetes under control if you have any; running a blood test to check for nutritional deficiencies such as calcium deficiency; undergoing tests to check your level of immunity against infections like chicken pox if you haven’t done this already during your first pregnancy; and checking with your dentist to make sure you don’t have dental problems like gum disease or tooth decay which could affect your baby’s delivery.

Monitor your ovulation pattern.

You are at your most fertile state during the period spanning 1-2 days before ovulation and 24 hours after ovulation. Planning your attempts within this period will increase your chances of getting pregnant, so talk to your doctor to learn how to monitor your ovulation schedule. One general method you can use is to determine when your next period is due and count back 12-16 days.