So, for those of us who's goal is getting pregnant rather than discovering, to our surprise, that we already are, what help can be given?
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Well, first of all, if you want to improve your chances of falling pregnant then you will want to make sure you and your partner are in good health and not doing anything to hinder your fertility or anything that might cause you or the potential new life within you harm. What do I mean by this?
Health, Diet and Exercise
Well, you’ve heard it before, but it doesn’t do to make little of the advice to quit smoking (smoking during pregnancy can harm your baby) and drinking heavily and to take care of your body through eating healthily and trying to do some form of exercise. You really will stand a better chance of getting pregnant if your body is healthy.
Now I’ve read lots about diet and exercise and felt a little bad because, if I’m honest, I’m not an exercise buff and I’m not obsessed with eating super healthy food all the time, but here’s the key; moderation and balance. Don’t stress over it, because your head needs to be just as healthy as your body for this. Just try to eat a variety of foods including vegetables and fruit and not too much fat. Drink plenty of water and try to limit your caffeine intake if you feel it is quite high.
If you struggle to get motivated to exercise like me then try to do one thing each week such as swimming, gym, aerobics, whatever suits you best and the rest of the time try to walk as much as possible and keep yourself active. Your partner should do the same to maximise your chance of getting pregnant as quickly as possible.
Another little tip; if you and your partner (especially him) are in the habit of going in a hot tub or Jacuzzi, you might want to stop that for a while during this stage as it’s been said that being in all that hot bubbling water for too long can be very bad for his sperm, lessening the chance of your egg being fertilized.
Medication and Oral Contraceptives
If you have been on the pill you will need to stop taking this and give your body a chance to flush it out of your system.
The recommended time for this is about 3 months, and although you are probably very excited and want to start making babies as soon as possible, it really is worth waiting because it is easy to conceive right after coming off the pill, but not so easy to keep the baby. No one wants the heartache of losing a baby in the early stages, and this will ultimately slow down the whole process for you as well.
The other consideration is any medication you might be on. When an egg is fertilised and a baby starts to grow this is controlled by delicately balanced chemical processes in your body, so introducing other chemicals in the form of medication can harm the process. You will need to talk to your doctor about this to decide what is best to do for you.
Folic Acid is a Vitamin B supplement that you can buy from your local pharmacy, which is proven to lessen the risk of your baby developing neural tube defects like spina bifida (which curves the baby’s spine). It will come in 0.4mg doses to increase your daily intake to about 0.6mg and you will need to take this before you start trying for a baby and until you are 12 weeks pregnant.
When you are pregnant your iron requirement doubles. If your iron reserve is low you can become anaemic, so it is important to build up your iron reserves before becoming pregnant and keep it up during your pregnancy. Vitamin C goes hand in hand with this as it helps you to absorb iron from foods.
So now you know the basics of how to maximise your chances of getting pregnant. This will stand you in good stead for the exciting journey you are about to begin.
When Can You Conceive?
Getting pregnant can only happen if your egg is fertilized by sperm. After you have ovulated, your egg lives for 24 hours, and it needs to be fertilized during this time.
So, if you are serious about having a baby, you will need to make sure you have sperm alive inside you whenever it is that you ovulate.
Bear in mind that ovulation timing can vary from month to month, even if you have regular periods and even if you take ovulation tests.
Because of this, i believe the safest bet for getting pregnant is to cover all angles by having sex as often as you can from when your period ends up to when your next period is about to start. This ensures there is always living sperm inside you ready to fertilize an egg, even if you ovulate at an odd time.
Some couples decide they want to try to influence the gender of their baby using methods that are thought, by many, to be effective.
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