You have made the decision to have a baby. Next comes the tricky process of conceiving a child. Yes, you will need to have sex – lots of it – but there’s more to getting pregnant than just frequent unprotected sexual intercourse.
Here are some fertility and conception tips to increase your chances of conceiving:
- Go see a doctor
It’s heartbreaking to keep trying to conceive but without the intended results. This is why it’s important to see a doctor when you’ve decided to get pregnant. Doing so allows your doctor to check for any underlying medical problems that need to be kept under control for a safe pregnancy.
In addition, seeing a doctor also allows you to ask them about taking prenatal vitamins containing folic acid, which is instrumental in preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Since folic acid works in the early stages of pregnancy, it helps to get enough of the vitamin before you have conceived.
- Understand your menstrual cycle
Yes, it comes every month but how much do you really know about your period? Only by truly understanding your cycle can you determine when you’re most fertile.
The best chance you have at getting pregnant is when you are ovulating. In other words, that’s the right time to be having sex.
Look out for signs of ovulation, which include a change in the cervical mucus. When you are most fertile, the mucus becomes thin and slippery. You might even feel a bit of pain (keep in mind that this doesn’t happen to every woman).
Predicting the best time to get pregnant can also be aided by ovulation prediction kits. These tell you when you are ovulating so you can have sex at the right time to better your chances at conceiving.
- Have sex no matter the position
You might have heard that there are sex positions that provide the best chances of getting pregnant. But there needs to be a sheer amount of evidence for any position to be declared as the best one for conception.
There really is not a lot of difference if sex is to be had in the missionary position or with you being on top. There is not a lot of evidence to prove either one increases your chances of making a baby.
With that said, positions that defy gravity, such as having sex while sitting or standing, can prevent sperm from traveling upwards. So you can steer clear of those when trying to have a baby.
- Lay low after having sex
You must have heard that your chances of getting pregnant are greatly increased when you lie on your back with your feet in the air. There may or may not be some truth to that.
Keep in mind that sperm needs to travel upstream. So it’s best to give it time to get to where it should go. So you really do have to lie down for about 10 to 15 minutes after sex but it’s not necessary to put your feet up in the air.
- Do not have sex every single day
Doing so would not increase your chances of making a baby. Since sperm can live for up to 72 hours after sex, you can try having intercourse every other day during the ovulation period.
- Try not to get stressed
Stress interferes with ovulation. Yes, you may lead a hectic life but do try to engage in activities that help you de-stress when you are trying to start a family.
- Live a healthy lifestyle
Even moderate activities like brisk walking can keep you fit. Plus, eating right is never a bad thing to do either.
Conceiving a child isn’t solely up to you either. Get your man to change a few of his habits if making a baby is to be successful. For one, they can skip on the soy so their sperm count doesn’t go below par.
Two of you made the decision to start a family so it goes that the both of you also need to make an effort to make ensure a successful conception.