Motherhood is a blessing indeed. There cannot be a more fulfilling feeling than holding your bundle of joy. However, a large number of females around the world struggle to conceive, which can be caused by a variety of factors from hormonal imbalance to stress or heredity. If you are also unable to conceive despite trying for several months, it is time to do something about it. Here are 19 tried-and-tested and easy to follow tips to boost your fertility and get pregnant.
Tracking Basal Body Temperature
Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is the lowest temperature of your body. Its reading rises from 0.4 to 1.0 degree the day after you ovulate, and stays elevated for the rest of the cycle until you get your period. Use a basal thermometer every morning before getting out of your bed to check the reading and enter it in a BBT monitoring chart. Make it a habit to check your BBT at the same time of the day. Within a few months you will see a definite pattern and will quickly determine when you are ovulating by tracking the days your BBT rises. This is helpful because you can then plan your baby easily and try to conceive at the right time of the month.
Inspecting Cervical Mucus
To get pregnant you need to know when you are ovulating. Identifying your ovulation date could be easier through inspecting cervical mucus. Its quality, appearance, and quantity will change considerably throughout your cycle. It will be abundant when you are ovulating and least when you are having your period. When you notice thick, stretchy, egg whites like mucus, this is a sign that you are ovulating. A woman’s body is most fertile right before and a day after ovulation, and you can easily identify it when the mucus turns thicker. Try to hit the sack as soon as you see significant changes in your cervical mucus.
Using Ovulation Calendar
You can use a fertility calendar to figure out the exact timeframe when you are most fertile. Generally 2 to 3 days before ovulation your body is most fertile and remains so until after a day you have ovulated. An ovulation calendar can help you determine the length of your cycle and detect the right time of ovulation. This information is vital to get pregnant as you can try to conceive right before ovulation and afterwards to increase your chances of conception.
Try Ovulation Kit
One of the handiest tools you can use to track ovulation and understand the varying patterns of your cycle month-by-month is the ovulation kit. You can easily get it from any pharmacy and use it just like you use the stick while doing pregnancy test. However, do remember that the kit can only give you some idea about the ovulation date and cannot make a 100% accurate judgment.
Maintain Balanced Body Weight
If you want to conceive, it is very important to pay attention to your body weight. You should neither be overweight or underweight because any imbalance in body weight can affect your reproductive health. In this regard, checking your Body Mass Index (BMI) score would be a great idea to determine your ideal body weight according to your age and height, etc. Anything between 19 and 24 will be considered healthy body weight; if your weight is lower or higher than that it is better to consult your GP to learn more about maintaining balanced body weight.
Eat a Healthy Diet
You have got to keep a strict check on what and how much you eat. Unhealthy foods and eating too much or too less are one of the most significant factors that contribute to infertility. The reason is that unhealthy dietary patterns can affect your reproductive health by making your monthly cycle irregular and this causes a disruption in ovulation. Resultantly, ovulation becomes infrequent and may not occur at all. Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables more in your diet and avoid animal protein. Rice, nuts, beans are all good sources of vegetable proteins. Research suggests that the risk of ovulatory infertility can be reduced to 50% if you get 5% of your daily protein from vegetable sources.
Keep yourself Hydrated
Do you know that cervical fluid is responsible for leading the sperm to the target egg? In order to perform this all-important task, cervical fluid has to be robust enough to quickly connect the sperm with the egg. Water plays a very important role in this regard as it prevents the cervical fluid from getting sluggish. To check if you are drinking enough water, inspect the color of your urine. If it is light yellow, this means you are well-hydrated.
Lower caffeine Intake
One of the main causes behind delayed or infrequent ovulation and weak reproductive health is heavy intake of caffeine. If you are a caffeinated tea, coffee or soft drinks lover, it is better to cut down on the number of servings you consume every day. If you cannot totally avoid caffeinated drinks, try to not consume more than two 8 ounce cups per day. Decaf variety is totally fine though.
Get an Appointment with your Ob-Gyn
Keeping track of your overall reproductive health and understand what kind of changes you need to make in your lifestyle and dietary habits to conceive can greatly help. Try to speak with your ob-gyn frequently regarding your health issues and ask about tips to get pregnant quickly. It is possible that your infertility issues are hereditary. Therefore, get an appointment and discuss your family history with your gynecologist who will suggest the best treatment in case you need one.
Check up on Oral Health
Gum disease is one of the top causes behind underweight and prematurely born babies. Your oral health can undergo dramatic changes while you are pregnant and can adversely impact the growth of fetus. Therefore, you must ensure that your mouth is free from any kind of disease or infection. The best way to do that is to book an appointment with your dentist.
If you want to get pregnant you have to stop thinking about it and getting stressed over your inability to conceive all day long. It is natural to feel depressed when your friends are having babies and you are unable to conceive, or you have had a miscarriage and are struggling to get pregnant again. However, stress in itself is a big hurdle in your quest to have a baby. So, if you feel tense or stressed, try to relax yourself through yoga, meditation, acupuncture or any other type of relaxation technique that works for you.
Be Active and Exercise Regularly
Many women feel that exercising can prevent them from getting pregnant by affecting their menstruation cycle. This is not completely true because moderate exercise or physical activity doesn’t affect your reproductive health. However, intense, strenuous, and extreme workout can do more harm than good if you are trying to get pregnant. It is important to indulge in moderate activity on a regular basis to stay healthy and maintain balanced weight.
Avoid Certain Medications
Quite possibly, your chances of conception are discouraged by a medication you might be taking unknowingly. Remember that there are certain prescription medications that shouldn’t be consumed when you are trying to conceive or are pregnant. Medications like antibiotics can even cause a miscarriage. So, you should inspect your medications and consult your ob-gyn to determine which medications are safe for you.
Use Sperm-friendly Lubricants
Lubes can make intercourse quite comfortable for the female but it could be risky as well when you want to get pregnant because some lubricants can cause the sperms to die before reaching the egg. If you want to use lubricant, try something that is more sperm-friendly and harmless for your own health. Or else, you can try canola oil… it really works!
Although it is not yet proven that alcohol can be a direct cause of infertility, but there is evidence that it is one of the factors affecting your ability to conceive and carry a baby. So, there is no point in taking the risk when you want to conceive. Stop drinking for a while and if you cannot, take only a glass of wine, that too, occasionally to increase your chances of pregnancy.
You may find it difficult to conceive if you or your partner/spouse smoke. Smoking not just exposes you and your partner to a variety of respiratory health issues but also affects your fertility and the sperm quality and quantity of your partner. Moreover, the probability of you having a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy can twofold if you smoke. Ectopic pregnancy happens when the embryo implants somewhere out of the uterus, e.g. the fallopian tubes. Ditch the unhealthy habit of smoking and you will notice an instant boost in your fertility.
Take Prenatal Vitamins
There might be some deficiency in your body that could be affecting your plans of getting pregnant. To address this issue, consult your ob-gyn regarding taking over-the-counter or a prescription prenatal vitamin. Your ob-gyn will also suggest whether you should take folic acid separately or prescribe a prenatal vitamin that already contains folic acid. Do remember that folic acid is vital for the health of your baby as it significantly reduces the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida.
Have Plenty of Sex!
If you have sex at least three times a week, you can easily amplify the likelihood of getting pregnant. Experts claim that while trying to conceive the couple should have sex every other day and every day before the start of ovulation until after it has occurred as this is when a female’s body is most fertile.
Adopt the Right Post-Sex Ritual
Do you bathe right after sex? Stop doing that as not only are you exposing your body to the risk of pelvic infection but also affecting your ability to conceive. If hot baths, saunas, long runs and similar other exertive activities are part of your daily routine, you should strictly avoid them because these activities can raise your body’s temperature, which isn’t too ideal for conception.
Researches on female infertility have revealed that couples who frequently have unprotected sex get pregnant within a year. With these 19 tips, you can further improve your chances of getting pregnant. However, if you aren’t successful despite trying everything, it is a good idea to visit a doctor as it might has something to do with your heredity, age, or an underlying condition. There are a number of safe and effective fertility treatments available and your doctor will suggest which one will work best for you.