Some women get pregnant easily, with very little effort or time trying, and others try for years with no luck. Why is that? It’s largely a mystery, and many couples who have trouble getting pregnant spend a lot of time and money trying to learn what might be causing the problem. While no one method is 100%, there are some ways you can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Trying to get pregnant, especially if you have been trying for awhile, can be stressful. Stress can reduce your chances of becoming pregnant. Sometimes all you can do is relax. Try taking a couple months off from actually TRYING and just enjoy the time with your partner. I have heard so many stories of couples deciding to take a trying to conceive break and becoming pregnant while on the break! A friend and her husband even gave up completely, believing they could not get pregnant. They adopted a little boy, and ended up falling pregnant – with TWINS! – just months later.
Staying well nourished can increase your chances of becoming pregnant. This applies to men, as well, as certain foods and vitamins can help increase the health and count of his sperm. Starting a prenatal vitamin while trying to conceive may also help. Starting a healthy diet before becoming pregnant will also help you maintain it when you are pregnant.
Get to a Healthy Weight
Being over or underweight can affect your fertility as it affects your menstrual cycle. If your cycle is off, it decreases your chances of becoming pregnant easily. You may not ovulate monthly, or your ovulation may not be on a regular cycle, making it harder to become pregnant.
Quit / Reduce the Caffeine
Some studies show a link between caffeine consumption and fertility issues, but others have not found this link. Either way, it is important to decrease your intake of caffeine while pregnant, so starting while trying to become pregnant doesn’t hurt.
Smoking decreases fertility, damages egg and sperm health and affects sperm motility. It is important for a pregnant woman not to smoke or be around secondhand smoke, anyway, so quitting before becoming pregnant is a good idea.
Try to Time It
This may be difficult if your menstrual cycle isn’t the standard 28 days long, but if you are able to figure out when you are ovulating, you can increase your sexual activity around this time, thereby increasing your chance of becoming pregnant. Typically, women ovulate 14 days before the start of their next period. Calculate this day, then give yourself a small window around it (including 1 day after). If you have sex during this period, it will increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Try not to rely on this math, however, as ovulation time can vary greatly from woman to woman. Another, less confusing option is to have sex every 3 days – this will allow for sperm to always be present should you ovulate. Keep in mind that having sex too often can decrease sperm count.
Help Those Sperm Along
Sperm’s sole purpose is to spend its short life seeking out an egg to fertilize, but sometimes it needs a little helping getting there. Many people use lubricants during sex, but this can affect sperm’s ability to make it to the egg. Astroglide TTC Trying to Conceive™ is a lubricant formulated with adjusted pH levels and a consistency that allows sperm to move freely, unlike many other lubricants. It has a retail price of only $12.99 for 8 pre-filled applicators, so it is less messy than having to fill applicators on your own.
It can also be helpful after sex to limit movement. Standing up can cause the semen to leak out and force the sperm that remain to work against gravity. Believe it or not, and it may feel silly, but laying with a pillow under your bottom to elevate it for 20 minutes or so after sex can help by allowing the sperm to move freely with gravity.
Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.
Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine