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Maximize Your Chances of Conceiving - Tips on Fertility & Conception

Maximize Your Chances of Conceiving - Tips on Fertility & Conception

There are several things you can do to improve your chances of conceiving. While you're not completely in control of your fertility, there are ways to maximize your odds. Here are some tips on increasing your chances of getting pregnant:

Pay Attention To Your Sex Life

This means more than simply trying to keep intercourse fun which you need to do! Months of scheduled babymaking sex can start feeling like a chore. Make sure you're having sex during the six days that lead up to ovulation. These are your most fertile days, and can be tracked using an ovulation kit. When you do make love, lie down for ten minutes so the sperm have a better chance of meeting up with the egg.

Lifestyle Changes

Your lifestyle can have a big impact on fertility. If you smoke, stop right now. Smoking even a few cigarettes a day can harm your chances of conceiving. The same goes for excessive alcohol, recreational drugs, caffeine and even stress. If you are on any prescription medication, talk to your doctor before you try to conceive, as some drugs aren't safe for pregnant women.

You should be at a healthy weight when you conceive. If you are overweight or underweight, you decrease your chances of getting pregnant. Women who exercise too much, or have anorexia or bulimia, can have a very low chance of actually conceiving. They may have very irregular periods, or stop menstruating altogether.

All women of childbearing age need to take at least 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. Folic acid helps protect your baby from developing neural tube defects like spina bifida. These defects occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy, so folic acid before you conceive is essential.

Track Your Ovulation

Buy an ovulation kit at your local drugstore. By taking your temperature each morning, you can predict when you will ovulate. Your body temperature rises slightly at the time of ovulation, and you can chart your most fertile time to improve your odds of conceiving. Also, when your cervical mucous becomes stretchy and clear, you are fertile, so pay attention to it each month to determine optimal times for intercourse.

It's a good idea to see your physician before you attempt to conceive, to determine if there are any medical conditions that could prevent pregnancy. Also, if you and your partner have been having unprotected sex for 12 months and haven't conceived, make an appointment with your doctor.


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