Finding out that you are having difficulties getting pregnant can come as a surprise to many couples. If you and your partner are struggling to conceive a baby and are not ready yet to try IFV or other such “artificial” fertility methods, you can try some of the tips below.
Being overweight can decrease your chances of getting pregnant and this has already been proved before. To see the weight category you fall into, check your body mass index or BMI and if it shows that you’re over the ideal weight for your height, you’ll have to get busy with losing those extra pounds. One of the simplest way to lose them is cutting out all empty calories and junk foods and also doing physical exercises. Additionally, drinking more water than you typically do, or completely eliminating sugar-based drinks from your diet… and reducing carbohydrates will work, as well.
Regarding exercises, don’t overdo it to the point where you are getting underweight for your height, since not having enough body fat also effects ovulation and as a result can decrease your chances of becoming pregnant. Yes, these are a heck lots of details to pay attention to, but that’s how things work with the human body, especially with pregnancy. So, be responsible, care for yourself and the miracle of life will happen for you too.
Get To Know Your Menstrual Cycle
It might be surprising to know that not all women follow the signs and symptoms of ovulation or keep track of their monthly cycles. Learning about your cycle, including the typical patterns and length of it, will help you figure out when the best time in your cycle to get pregnant is.
So when is the best time to get pregnant?
Well, if you’ve tracked your cycle, you should be able to see your most fertile time is right around the time you ovulate. For most women this is right around day 14 (if you start counting at day 1 of your cycle, which is the first day of your last period.) For women whose cycles are longer, they may ovulate as late as day 20 of their menstrual cycle.
Find Your Best Ways To Relax
Sometimes too much stress can be counterproductive in trying to get pregnant. It is ironic that “trying too hard” to get pregnant can actually make it harder to become pregnant, but sometimes it’s just the way it happens. How many couples do you know that get pregnant after they begin the adoption process? Women essentially give up trying so hard and they wind up becoming pregnant as a result.
Perhaps part of what women may need to do is relax more and allow their bodies to work on their own, so find your best ways to relax and sometimes this will do the trick.
Some relaxation activities might include:
- getting massages
- taking warm baths
- praying or meditatiting
- doing activities like reading, listening to music
- having acupuncture sessions
Get a Complete Physical To See What Substances You Are Exposed To
Just to be sure that there are no underlying causes to your inability to conceive, both you and your partner should get a complete head-to-toe physical exam. Talk to a medical provider about any substances either of you are exposed to that may be decreasing your chances of conceiving, including prescription medications or recent oral contraceptive use.
Take a look at your work environment. Is it stressful? Are you exposed to chemicals or preservatives? Research shows that women who work in a greenhouse setting took twice as long to get pregnant that other women, most likely due to the exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
Check Your Diet
While there are no “magical” foods that increase fertility, there are some things that science has discovered about pregnancy diets that might affect your ability to conceive. Evidence shows that diets high in certain fish that contain mercury can decrease your chance of getting pregnant. Not eating enough healthy fruits and vegetables can also make it harder for you to conceive.
To learn more about nutrition as a mother-to-be read this article, or download this complete guide to pregnancy diet that will explain in great detail what you need to eat for a healthy pregnancy, how often, how much of it, and – more importantly – which foods to stay away from so that both you and your little one can come out as healthy and joyful as you’ve ever been. And if you’re vegetarian we’ve got you covered, as well. This article will explain what your diet should consist of as a vegan mom-to-be, so give it a read!
For the record, drinking a cup of coffee in the morning should not get in the way of getting pregnant. Research has not yet proved that moderate caffeine consumption affects your chances of conceiving, so you can indulge yourself in this petit vice if your heart so desires.
One of the best ways for couples to increase their chances of conceiving is to give up smoking. Long term smoking actually decreases fertility capabilities in male partners by reducing the sperm volume and increasing the amount of abnormal sperm (sperm that can’t fecundate.)
Now there is new evidence that smoking while pregnant can greatly affect the development of babies as they grow up. Smoking has been proved to reduce germ cells (which develop into cells of the reproductive system) as well as somatic cells in male babies. So now there are even more reasons to stop smoking so that both you, and your children will be able to conceive.
Consume Vitamins And Supplements That Boost Fertility
There are some vitamins that have shown increases in conceiving capabilities. New research shows that over-the-counter supplements of DHEA increased a woman’s chance to get pregnant. When women took 75mg of DHEA, they increased their chances of getting pregnant by 3 times over women who did not take DHEA. DHEA can be found in most grocery stores or pharmacies.
Another good rule of thumb is that any time women are trying to get pregnant, they should begin taking prenatal vitamins. Not only can prenatal vitamins help to increase your body’s supply of vital nutrients, but it is an essential way to prepare your body for pregnancy with necessary folic acid. Men can help increase their chances of getting pregnant by taking vitamins, especially Selenium and vitamins C and E. Vitamin C and Selenium can increase sperm motility while vitamin E increases sperm volume.
While none of these tips are a guarantee that you will conceive, applying them can not only increase your chances of getting pregnant but they’ll also help you and your spouse adopt a healthier lifestyle. So, they’re still worth following if health is one of your priorities (it should!)