Having a child is something to looked forward to and be celebrated. However for some, it seems that conceiving the child they’ve dreamed about is a challenge.
Every single body is different. Some women seem to get pregnant without even trying, while other women struggle for years or even decades to have the child of their dreams. Though the reasons for such varying degrees of fertility are as unique and numerous as the women on the earth, there are several tips that work for nearly every woman to help increase the odds of conception as well as help it happen more quickly.
1) Track your ovulation cycle. Ovulation is the process where the ovaries release an egg allowing it to travel down the fallopian tubes to the uterus where it will either be fertilized and grow into a fetus or discarded during menstruation. Your absolute best chance to conceive will be during the forty eight hours or so around the time the egg is first dropped from the ovaries. At this point in time, Luteinzing Hormone spikes enough for an ovulation test to detect the difference. If you do not have access to an ovulation test, track your menstrual cycle. Ovulation normally happens halfway through your regular cycle giving you a general estimation of the best window of opportunity to conceive. Increase your efforts to conceive during the two days before your estimated ovulation, the day of, and the two days after to have the best chance possible.
2) Keep caffeine and alcohol consumption at a moderate level. Studies have shown that consuming too much caffeine or alcohol can lead to decreased fertility in women. Though it appears to be fine in moderate amounts. However, once conception has occurred, stop all alcohol consumption immediately. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy has been proven to lead to severe birth defects in infants.
3) Quit smoking. Smoking leads to decreased fertility in both men and women. In addition, smoking during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, early delivery, and decreased birth weight in infants. If you plan to conceive, do your best to kick that habit for the health of both yourself and your child.
4) Choose lubricants wisely. Most over the counter lubricants do more harm than good when it comes to fertility, either slowing sperm down, or killing them all together. Canola oil is a good choice, as are water based lubricants designed with fertility in mind.
5) Get healthy. Being overweight or underweight can decrease fertility dramatically. Work on getting to and maintaining a healthy weight. Eating a balanced diet and exercise also releases helpful chemicals within the body that encourages fertility.
6) Have intercourse frequently. There is no evidence to suggest that going longer between bouts of sex increases sperm count, it can actually decrease the quality and quantity of sperm. Having sex every other day is a good standard to ensure the best chances for conception.
7) Don’t douche. Not only will this wipe out any sperm that could potentially fertilize any egg, but it also kills the natural bacterial needed to help with vaginal health. It can put you at risk for vaginal infections that, if left untreated for too long, can cause permanent damage that could affect fertility. While trying to conceive, it is best to avoid such products.
8) Relax. Stress is very prevalent in our lives and can also contribute to infertility. It releases chemicals within the body that inhibit fertility. Taking time to de-stress can improve your chances of conception as well as improve your overall state of mind and health.
9) Start take a prenatal vitamin. Having adequate amounts of necessary vitamins and minerals contributes in increased fertility. Even a well-balanced diet can be missing some important elements our body needs. Taking a multivitamin will ensure any nutritional gaps are closed. Additionally, during the first few weeks of life, a fetus needs folic acid in order to lay the groundwork for many of its important bodily systems. Taking a prenatal vitamin will ensure the baby has what it needs during those first crucial months of life before you even realize it’s there.
10) Visit with your doctor. This is probably the most important tip on this list. Your doctor is an amazing resource to assist you on your conception journey. If you are struggling with infertility, your doctor may be able to run some tests to determine what may be the cause for example; infertility and low thyroid are often connected, a doctor can order the necessary to test to discover this hormone deficiency and prescribe the necessary medication to treat this condition.. Additionally, they may be able to help you determine a course of action to improve fertility or prepare you for pregnancy.
Conception is a journey that is different for everyone. These tips are just a few of many that can help you conceive faster and meet your new child sooner. Remember, that these are just tips and do not work for everyone. Consult with your doctor if you are still struggling to conceive.