Trying for a baby is one of the most stressful times in a women life. The pregnancy test is negative months after months and everyone around you getting pregnant, having babies, sex reveal parties, baby shower, baby christening…. You hold your bestie’s newborn and you cry. You see a baby in a stroller at the mall and your heart aches. A baby is born on your favorite television show and you’re balling your eyes out. You have baby brain! This trick will help increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Meet with your ob-gyn and you dentist.
The best thing to do when you want to try for a baby is to visit a doctor with your partner. She will follow your journey, review your family history and run necessary fertility test. Your doctor can also review your prescription medications because they may be unsafe during pregnancy or make it more difficult to get pregnant. Review the medications you’re taking with your health care provider. Note that gum diseases are linked to underweight and premature babies. And the health of your mouth and teeth can change once you’re pregnant.
Your doctor will also start you on prenatal vitamins. She may also suggest that you take folic acid or a prenatal vitamin with folic acid. Folic acid will help reduce the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects in babies. Food sources of folic acid include beans, orange juice, spinach and strawberries. If you’re older, you may want to get help sooner because fertility decreases with age. The sooner you visit a doctor, the more likely you’ll have success with fertility treatments.
Chart your basal body temperature & Use an ovulation calendar
The first thing you have you do is to pin point your ovulation period. You should track your basal body temperature or BBT. Take your temperature every morning at the same time before you get out of bed. Your BBT is your lowest body temperature and is measured when you’re fully at rest. That temperate reading fluctuates throughout your cycle. The day after you ovulate, your BBT will rise 0.4 to 1.0 degree and will stay elevated until your next period. Track it over a few months to assess when you’re ovulating, and then have sex around the time of ovulation.
A fertility calculator (or calendar) coupled with the basal temperature can help you figure out the length of your cycle and the day of the month when you’re most fertile. After a few months, you’ll see patterns in your cycle. And you can use that information to assess the best time to try to get pregnant. Try Healthy Women’s ovulation calculator apps.
Assess your cervical mucus.
The white deposit (cervical secretions) in your underwear can help you assess your fertility. Your cervical mucus changes in quantity and quality throughout your cycle. You have the most when you’re about to ovulate and the least right after your period. You’re most fertile when your mucus resembles egg whites, looking and feeling stretchy and clear. The more of this mucus you have, the higher chance you have to get pregnant. Ovulation is done when the mucus has thickened.
Your body is a temple and before you can grow another human being, you have to make sure you take care of yourself. Unhealthy food intake, whether too much or too little, has been recognized as a contributing factor to infertility because it can make your reproductive cycle irregular. And that causes you to ovulate occasionally or not at all. Ensuring that you’re not underweight or overweight will keep your reproductive cycle in balance. Check your BMI (body mass index) score; a ranking of 19 to 24 indicates a healthy weight. Anything above that range should be discussed with your health care provider. Read more about fertility-boosting foods. Make sure that you stay hydrated because your cervical fluid which helps the sperm find the target egg gets sluggish when you don’t drink enough water. Consume plenty of water and very little caffeine so that your urine is light yellow.
Even though there’s no evidence that drinking an occasional glass of wine factors into your fertility, you may want consider passing on alcohol when you’re trying to conceive to be on the safe side. Also, you and your partner should both ditch your smoking habit for the sake of your health, your fertility and a healthy baby. Smoking makes you prone to ectopic pregnancies, lowers the number and quality of sperm and is linked to an increased risk of miscarriage. The embryo may implant somewhere other than the uterus, such as in one of the fallopian tubes.
Manage stress and Exercise within reason.
Trying to get pregnant can be stressful. Do your best to manage and reduce tension and anxiety. Try relaxation techniques like meditation, acupuncture or yoga. It’s fine to get in some moderate activity. But engaging in strenuous, vigorous and extreme exercise might impact your menstrual cycle, leading to infertility. So, pass on the marathon when you’re trying to get pregnant.
Schedule your sexual relationships!
Having a lot of sex can low your partner’s sperm count and slow them down. Some experts say that when you’re trying to conceive, you should have sex once a day, every other day when you’re most fertile right before and after ovulation.
Keep in mind that some lubricants can make sperm more likely to die before they reach the egg. If you need some lubrication to make you more comfortable during intercourse, try saliva, a lubricant that’s sperm-friendly or use canola oil.
After sex put a pillow under your butt to raise it and help the sperm get to the egg faster. A few things to avoid after sex include saunas, long runs, hot tubs or other activities that raise your body temperature. You should also skip douching after sex because it puts you at risk for a pelvic infection.
God has a plan for your life don’t be impatient and Good luck!