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For many, the desire to have a child is exciting, but it also carries enormous responsibilities and implications. When a couple decides they are ready to have a baby, there are some essential things they need to do first.

First, take a look at your overall health and well-being. Looking at these factors will help you see where your body is at in terms of becoming pregnant, but also your chances of conceiving successfully. Being prepared psychologically is also very important.

Secondly, take a glance at your life as a whole and ask yourself if you can see a baby fitting somewhere in the equation. Being able to see yourselves as a family is not only positive but also an important element.

Lastly, when planning for a baby, a couple should figure out how they will accommodate time and space for their new edition. Most women in today's society work and have busy schedules. It is essential even if both spouses have busy schedules, to create time and space for a baby. This includes making space in your home and cleaning out a room and imagining it filled with baby stuff as well as a baby.

After you have tackled the above elements, you can then go on to start making the necessary changes in hopes of successfully conceiving.

Your Psychological State
It is extremely important that you always try to stay calm and relaxed as much as possible. Be sensitive to your partner's needs and enjoy the whole process, instead of making it a chore.

Good Diet
Be sure to eat healthy and balanced meals. Try to eat foods from all the different food groups at each meal. Eating a poor diet, can slow down the process of conceiving.

Balancing Hormones and Weight
"It is important to be the “right weight.”You can use Body Mass Index charts to help you see if you are underweight or overweight and what areas you can fine tune. Being both underweight and overweight can cause problems with trying to conceive.

Balancing your hormones is also very important. You should make sure that your estrogen and progesterone levels are balanced. If they are not, women often find it takes them longer to conceive.

Cutting Out and Reducing Negative Influences or Habits
Some examples of negative influences are: caffeine, smoking, alcohol, recreational or medical drugs, and certain environmental hazards. All of these things can either hinder the conception process and or once you have conceived, have very negative effects on your growing baby. Obviously there are some things one cannot avoid and some women need to use medical drugs for particular medical conditions. If you are trying to conceive, always check with your doctor about any over-the-counter or prescription medications you are on, and their safety during pregnancy. If you have any questions or are having a difficult time cutting certain substances from your life, you can always consult a physician, counselor, or even family or friends.

The excitement of successfully conceiving, is well worth all the efforts that it takes.

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Erika Gladden. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

1. Zita West. Fertility & Conception. The Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant. DK Publishing, Inc. 2003. Pg 29.

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