How Do You Actually Get Pregnant? There’s A Checklist Involved

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For those who have already had the birds and the bees discussion, the “how” behind getting pregnant isn’t exactly a mystery. But even though you know it’s all about “when two people love each other very much,” it doesn’t keep you from Googling tips for how to conceive when you are in fact ready to have your own bundle of joy — or, depending on the moment, pooping machine. But how do you actually get pregnant? Experts say there are a few things to keep in mind and, if you are the planning type like me, then get excited because there are lists involved.

“Ideally, you and your partner want to allow yourself six months to go through a checklist of pre-planning before actually becoming pregnant,” says Dr. Sherry Ross, an OB-GYN and Women’s Health Expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, in an email interview with Romper. “Being prepared creates the foundation for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.”

Initial steps include meeting with a gynecologist and/or healthcare provider six months prior to see if you and your partner are physically and mentally ready to have a healthy pregnancy, Ross recommends. Once you are cleared, then you should start taking folic acid three months prior to conception. This can be in the form of a prenatal vitamin, just make sure it has…

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