Getting pregnant is one of the greatest joys that a married couple can expect in their lives. However, it is estimated that one in eight couples have problems in trying to conceive. While this shouldn’t deter one’s patience, if it keeps happening for a long time, it is bound to cast a shadow on the couple’s happiness. A few months of trying doesn’t mean that you have a ‘fertility issue’, but the most probable reason could be that you are not making love at the right time. As in a woman’s one month menstrual cycle, she has a window of approximately 2-3 days in which pregnancy can occur – so just missing the boat could be a likely cause. You can use the help of our ovulation calculator as well to help you know when is the right time.
Knowledge of the right timing and right way can shorten the waiting period. Couples must keep the following things in mind while they’re trying to conceive.
- Overweight or obese women may have problems in conceiving. Shedding down weight helps in trying to conceive a baby. Regular exercise and a well-balanced diet are crucial in maintaining a consistent fitness level.
- Caffeine has been found to reduce fertility. So if you have been a coffee addict for long, replace the intake of that caffeine with water and juices.
- Avoid certain foods like raw and undercooked egg, oysters and meat, shellfish such as prawns, ripened cheese, unpasteurized milk, liver and liver products as they are not conducive to increasing fertility.
- Watch your alcohol intake. It is advisable to refrain from alcohol 3 months before conception. Alcohol creates an imbalance in your system and not being in good health isn’t advisable for becoming pregnant.
- Smoking (of any kind) is an absolute no. It can triple the chances of infertility.
- Supplements that have been prescribed and verified by your doctor are the way to go. Ensure your diet has enough vitamins and nutrients. Take iron supplements as well.
- Do not subject yourself to any kind of drugs during this period. Drugs diminish oxygen in the would-be womb and can cause birth defects
- Stress and anxiety can also be the reason you are unable to conceive. It is estimated that couples trying for a second child often conceive faster.
- The reason could be less of anxiety and pressure in comparison to the first-timers.
- Check with your doctor in case any prescription medicine is hindering the conception.
- Your age may work against you. Women become less fertile at the age of 30. Egg cells start disappearing at a faster rate by the time they reach 37. It is advised to not wait too long. Babies who are born to mothers in their 30s also have an added risk of being born with Down’s Syndrome, physical defects, etc.
- Fertilization process begins when the woman’s eggs combine with a man’s sperm. A woman’s body releases an egg (ovulation) roughly 14 days before her period. She is most likely to conceive during this time. The ovulation period roughly lasts for 24 – 48 hours during a cycle. Sperm, on the other hand, lives for around 3 to 5 days, and sometimes even longer.Therefore, there is a very short time in a month when you are likely to conceive. It may take a year to get pregnant, especially if your monthly cycles are infrequent or irregular. Don’t worry if you are not pregnant even after a couple of months. Just stay positive and keep trying.
- Before ovulation, there can be little or no mucus. But during ovulation, the mucus is highly fertile. The best time for conceiving is when the mucus stretches for few centimeters. You can check with your fingertips.
- Try different positions every time. Tests reveal that during intercourse if the man is on top, there is a better chance of the sperm reaching its destination.
- Ask your partner to wear boxer shorts rather than close-fitting briefs. It helps the sperm breathe and could help in boosting the sperm count.
- Too much sex or too little sex can be a hindrance in getting pregnant. Everyday sex may reduce the sperm count. In general, it is best to refrain from intercourse few days before the ovulation period, so that the sperm count is high. Some doctors even recommend having sex every alternate day during the fertile phase.
- STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) can also affect woman’s fertility. They may spread into the uterus and fallopian tubes, causing inflammatory disease, which is a cause of both infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
- Oral sex before having intercourse is not advised as there is evidence that the bacteria in the mouth damage the sperm.
- Limit your movement right after having intercourse. Sudden movements can cause the sperm to leak out. It is better to stay in the same position, flat on your back perhaps for sometime after ejaculation. Wait for around twenty minutes before standing up.
- Check with your doctor for anything that might be wrong in your immune system. Sometimes ailments or conditions that do not directly have anything to do with sexual health tend to become hindrances in the path to getting pregnant. It always helps to keep consulting your doctor if such a thing happens.
- Avoid living in an area that is filled with toxins. A toxic environment may unknowingly do damage to your health. Often we inhale toxins that circulate in the air, or drink water that isn’t completely purified. Even setting up a house near a factory disposal or such can be a hindrance in conceiving.
- A very basic is to stop using contraceptives. You might not be getting pregnant immediately after quitting contraceptives because some birth control methods have a longer readjustment period than others. It depends on woman to woman as well since bodies differ in the time they take to readjust.
- Use an ovulation predictor kit. An ovulation predictor kit will help you be sure of the number of days that you are ovulating. You can try our ovulation calculator which can help you predict the days you’re ovulating.
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