If you are trying to conceive (TTC), there are some things that you can do on your own to help improve your chances of conception.
At a certain point in every woman’s life, she thinks of having a baby. After you make a decision to get pregnant and start consciously trying, it might happen in your next cycle but sometimes it might take longer than expected.
There are some things that can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
1. Maintaining a healthy body weight
Being overweight can have a negative impact on your chances of getting pregnant, and being underweight, especially if you have irregular periods, can also cause problems. That’s because fat cells are related to estrogen production, and if you have too many or too few, it can throw off the hormones involved in ovulation. Being overweight can also increase your risk of insulin resistance, which can disrupt ovulation. Losing excess weight can boost your overall health and improve your chances of conception.
2. Quit Smoking and Alcohol
As this can cause complications in your baby such as low birth weight, birth defects, and learning disabilities. As for the men can lead to higher levels of estrogen this reducing sperm count.
3. Eliminate stress
When trying to conceive, Your stress levels may go up and this can affect your menstrual cycle causing delay or lack of ovulation.
Stress can also reduce sexual desire.
Even though We can’t completely eliminate stress from our lives, but we can control how we deal with it by finding ways to relax such as getting massages, exercising, going to the beach or just simply doing what we love.
4. Know when you ovulate
There’s a certain time during your cycle that you are most fertile… You have to know this period. If you have a 28-day cycle, your ovulation is on the 14th day of your cycle but you can always bank on that because you might miss it. The best way to know your ovulation date is by using an Ovulation Prediction Kit. It’s easy to use and can be purchased from your local pharmacy.
5. Start taking a good prenatal multivitamin
A prenatal multivitamin that contains Folic Acid 400-600mcg, Vitamin E, and other antioxidants.
6. Eat a healthy diet
Opt of diets consisting of nutrient-rich foods to boost your fertility. Do away with sugars, trans fat and processed foods in general as you prepare to get pregnant.
With every menstrual cycle, a woman has a 25% chance of becoming pregnant if she’s having unprotected sex, ovulates regularly and if the man has enough sperm. It may take a few months to actually get pregnant but If you have tried consistently for up to a year to get pregnant and it’s not happening please seek medical assistance.