Tips to Help Conceive
I was just having lunch with a girlfriend and she told me a fascinating fertility story. A friend of hers was trying to fall pregnant for years. She had tried everything, including fertility treatment and in vitro (IVF), but she was never able to carry to term.
My friend recommended to her friend that she see a Homeopath who did a simple blood test and prescribed a course of low dose Aspirin. And that’s all it took for her to get pregnant, her little one is now 2-years-old.
If only every infertility problem was so simple to solve.
There are certain things you can implement before trying to conceive that could affect your fertility as well as your health and that of the baby’s during pregnancy.
Here are some tips to help conceive a baby and carry to term from our friends at CNY Fertility Center.
1. Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy
About one in every three women fall pregnant within a month, so make sure you are ready. Your health before getting pregnancy plays a fundamental role in the lifelong health of your unborn baby.
By following these tips to help conceive you can:
- Promote your baby’s development and their future health.
- Boost your fertility.
- Lower the risk of complications during your pregnancy.
Once you’ve decided on trying for a baby and stopped contraception, you will not know that you are pregnant during the first weeks. Therefore, making healthy lifestyle choices can give you the reassurance that you need for getting a positive pregnancy test.
Things you should quit:
- Recreational drugs
Things you should be doing:
These tips on how to get pregnant can help with improving your chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby:
- You can start by taking folic acid since it necessitates time to build up in the body.
- Make sure you are following a balanced and healthy diet since it can boost fertility and affect the baby’s future health.
- Cut down on your daily caffeine intake if you generally drink more than 200mg a day.
- Try losing some weight if you are currently overweight.
- Stay active – it can boost fertility and ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.
- Undergo a cervical screening test if you haven’t done one in the past year.
- Make sure you had the MMR vaccine, as rubella is a risk factor to developing babies.
2. Evaluate Your Menstrual Cycle
Many women know precisely when their next cycle should start, but some of them may not be sure after taking hormonal contraception over a long period.
Remember, if you stopped taking contraceptives, your period may be irregular during the first few months due to your fluctuating hormonal levels.
Keep tabs on your first day since your periods started. A full cycle starts on this day until the following day you start to bleed. This can provide you with a good indication of how long your cycle lasts and you can work around this when you are ovulating (when an egg is released to get fertilised).
You can also utilize apps to track your ovulation dates and menstrual cycles.
3. Speak to Your Doctor before Going off Your Meds
If you are taking medication for a mental or physical health condition, speak to your physician before trying to conceive.
Don’t stop taking your medication, since your symptoms could return or become worse.
Your doctor will advise you on the safest treatment for pregnancy.
4. Do Your Best to Relax
It’s important to take care of your mental wellbeing before conceiving and while pregnant. It can be an anxious time when trying for a baby but try to stay calm.
5. Know When to Seek Professional Help for Fertility
If you haven’t fallen pregnant after trying to conceive within a year of engaging in unprotected intercourse (every 2-3 days), then it is time to consult your Doctor.
If you are over 36 and struggling to conceive or have a condition like PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) or endometriosis, its best to talk to your Doctor sooner rather than later.
Your Doctor will most likely refer you to a Fertility Clinic so you can consider all possible options.
Wishing you a happy, healthy pregnancy.