I’m a fertility expert – what you should be doing one year, six months and one month BEFORE trying for a baby 0 90

THERE’S a lot involved in having a baby, but you might not realise that preparation starts well before you’re pregnant

Hannah Pearn, a fertility specialist who runs clinics in South London, says women should be planning up to one year before conceiving.

Women should be making changes up to a year before considering falling pregnant Hannah Pearn is a fertility specialist who runs clinics in South London

Here, Hannah tells Fabulous exactly what you should be doing one year, six months and one month before falling pregnant.

Plus, the first things you should do when you find out you’re expecting.

ONE YEAR

Come off contraception

More on pregnancy and birth

PREGNANCY PLAN

What appointments you need if you’ve just found out you’re pregnant

DUE DATE

We’re baby experts – how to know when you’re in labour and about to give birth

“For some people, it can take up to a year for a good, fertile menstrual cycle to be re-established,” Hannah says.

This is especially important if you went on contraception for cycle issues in the first place, including painful periods and irregular periods.

Vaginal Health tests

Hannah says: “Make sure you’re up to date with your smear test and test for any sexually transmitted infections which will need to be addressed.”

Most read in Fabulous

UNHEIRED

Meghan appealed to fans to share her podcast motto – only 60 have on Instagram

CLAUS FOR CELEBRATION

Money-saving guru reveals the 3 Christmas gifts you should buy NOW

PERFECT FIT

I bought the viral TikTok swimsuit – it’s so expensive but made me look great

HOW'S THAT?

I'm a school drop out…I make £16.5k a month, my mum retired early & does it too

NAIL FAIL

I got a pedicure but it’s so bad people think the beautician was blind-folded

FASHION SOS

My Shein haul was an absolute fail…my boobs were falling out of the bikini

These could impact your ability to conceive and cause complications when you do get pregnant, she explains.

Evaluate your general health

Before you think bout getting pregnant, it’s important to check if any medications you’re taking are safe during pregnancy and give yourself time to switch if needed.

Hannah says you should also stop smoking, drug taking and reduce your alcohol intake.

6 MONTHS

Check sperm

“Up to 50% of fertility issues are due to male factors so the sooner you get a proper investigation the sooner you can address any problems,” Hannah says.

She also noted that it takes about 3-6 months to see improvements in sperm health.

“So give yourself time to make improvements,” she says.

Track your cycle

According to Hannah, monitoring and learning about your cycle is one of the best ways to optimise your fertility.

“Learn when your fertile time is,” she says.

You can do this by learning how to spot your cervical mucus, she explains.

She adds: “Address any cycle issues you’ve identified, including painful periods, heavy periods, or irregular cycles, which could impact your ability to conceive.”

Nutrition

Good nutrition is essential for sperm and egg health,” Hannah says noting the importance of healthy food.

“Folic acid (400mg daily) is recommended by the NHS for anyone who is trying for a baby. Plus Vit D is a good idea as so many people are low in this in the UK,” she explains.

According to the fertility expert, a good diet with fruit and veg and lots of protein is best, noting the Mediterranean diet is great for fertility.

And like with sperm health, it takes about 3-6 months to positively impact good hormones and egg quality so give yourself time.

ONE MONTH

Know when you’re fertile

On average, there are only five days each month when women are fertile, so it’s important to get it right.

“Tracking you’re cervical mucus (egg white and stretchy) is your most reliable sign that you’re fertile so use this to know when to have sex,” says Hannah.

Don’t always rely on tech

Ovulation tracking apps are a great idea for some but Hannah says they’re not always reliable.

Hannah explains: ” Your app uses an algorithm and your time of ovulation can move every month.”

Have sex

Here comes the fun part – the sex. And make sure you do lots of it, Hannah says.

In fact, you shouldn’t just be having sex in your fertile window but other days of the month too.

“Having sex or ejaculating will keep the sperm fresh and optimized for your next cycle if you’re not successful during [the current] one,” says Hannah.

When you find out you’re pregnant:

`There are a few things you need to do when you find out you are pregnant, and while it might be obvious to some, it’s not always the case.

Stop drinking

This refers to alcohol, but Hannah says expectant mums should assess their caffeine intake too and reduce it as much as possible.

Avoid some foods

In Hannah’s opinion, undercooked or raw meats/fish should be avoided. So too should unpasteurized dairy and raw or undercooked eggs.

Hannah says: “Continue to take the folic acid and Vitamin d, and continue eating well.”

Stay active

Read More on The Sun

JUDI’S TEARS

Loose Women star Judi Love breaks down in tears and starts sobbing live on air

PARK AND CHIDE

My cheeky neighbour blocks my drive – I think she has a secret plan

Hannah says: “If you were active before you were pregnant then carry on if you feel like it.

“But slow down if you’re not feeling it and build up slowly if you’re starting new activities.”

Previous ArticleNext Article

Lensa AI app could be used to create erotica or porn 0 45

In recent days, the Lensa app, a service that uses a neural network to create drawn portraits, has gone viral. To generate drawings, you have to upload 10 to 20 of your portrait photos to the app, from which the program will generate an avatar. But the app has proven easy to trick so that it creates soft porn.

Internet users say that if you upload topless photos to Lensa, the app disables the NSFW filter and generates nudes. 

In general, the idea of uploading your photos to a questionable app seems bad to many. The owners of the service assure that users’ photos are deleted after 24 hours, but it is impossible to check whether this is true. In addition, such services have repeatedly allowed leaks of users’ personal data.

The Lensa application is a SaaS product of Russian developers Prisma Labs. This is especially disturbing for the residents of Ukraine, where the application has also gone viral: Ukrainian journalists urge citizens not to give their personal data to Russians, because considering the work of Russian special services, no one can guarantee a sufficient level of security when using programs written by the enemy. To use Lensa, each user has to accept the rules – to agree to the training of the neural network in order for it to work more correctly. Photos go to Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services cloud storage – and, according to the developers, are deleted from there in 24 hours after being processed in Lensa. 

Lensa’s creators assure that users remain anonymous. The app doesn’t specifically ask them for access to metadata such as geolocation. However, the metadata that identifies the user can be linked to the photo that the person uploads to the app. But the Lensa team promises that photos are cleared of metadata before they are saved to Lensa systems.For now, Lensa AI is available for private use, although it may well offer its services to corporations. To do so, they will need B2B SaaS marketing.

xQc shocked to see his girlfriend making out with an adult film actress on live TV 0 74

Beer pong might be a good idea, what could go wrong? On that basis , streamers xQc and Adin launched the live stream a few days ago without fear of what might happen . Both North American content creators have spent hours playing games with their partners.

The girls in question have a long history online, especially in the case of Sky Bri, Adin’s alleged partner. She is an adult film actress and has participated in various streamers before, always displaying an aggressive and overt sexuality.

After playing beer pong and drinking alcoholic beverages, NYYXXII somehow asked permission to kiss Sky Bri. – May I kiss her? Kayla asked Adina. After a look and another question to his partner, NYYXXII approached Sky Bri to eventually kiss her with an implied passion that undoubtedly influenced the young Canadian streamer.

Most Popular Topics

Editor Picks