Getting Pregnant: Tips And Recommendations On How To Conceive
You have decided that at this point in your life you are ready to conceive. In order to increase your chances of conceiving quickly it is important to take care of your body, track your menstrual cycles, learn how to know when you are ovulating, and identify when the best times to procreate are for you and your partner. Remember that while some women are able to conceive as soon as they stop any birth control methods, it is normal for most couples to try for 6-12 months before conception occurs.
Your body’s health is an important aspect to increasing your chances of conception. Poor diet, being overweight and out of shape, and stress can all harm your conception efforts. A healthy diet and regular exercise routine will help you to realize your dream of becoming a parent. Always see your gynecologist before you try to conceive; let your doctor know that you are planning on a pregnancy, and have an exam and evaluation performed to ensure that your body is ready for a baby. Begin taking vitamin and folic acid supplements well before you attempt any conception efforts to give your new baby the best chances for healthy development. In addition, it is important to quit smoking, and cut down on your alcohol and caffeine intake.
Once you have decided that you want to become pregnant, it is important to track your menstrual cycles and identify when you are ovulating. Purchase a calendar just for this purpose so you can begin to record your body’s cycles and any changes that occur through the month.
Ovulation occurs on average 14 days after the first day of your period; but many women do not ovulate on the average predicted days, and many women are not on a 28 day menstrual cycle. Begin your ovulation identification steps by recording the dates of your period. When your period has stopped, begin your ovulation detection by recording your basal temperature and becoming familiar with any other changes that may occur.
Your basal temperature must be taken in the morning as soon as you wake up and before you get out of bed. Use a basal thermometer, and place it in your vagina for at least 5 minutes. Record the temperature precisely, and mark each morning’s temperature on your calendar. Right before ovulation you will notice a slight drop, usually 0.5 to 1 degree, from the normal temperature.
Right after ovulation you will notice a slight increase, usually 0.5 to 1 degree, from the normal temperature. The increase and decrease in basal temperature will help you to identify when you ovulate. Make a note on your calendar if you notice an increase in vaginal secretions, or a difference in the secretions, during this time as well.
Once you have identified your ovulation phase, you are ready to begin conception efforts. Making a baby takes two, and your partner will need to do his part to ensure that his sperm is healthy and active enough to fertilize your egg. It is best if your partner does not smoke, and reduces his intake of caffeine and alcohol too. A physical evaluation of his sperm should also be performed before conception efforts begin.
Sexual activity should be performed on a daily basis right before ovulation, at least twice a day on the day of ovulation if possible, and once a day for the next two days after ovulation. Too much sexual activity will decrease your partner’s sperm count so try not to get too carried away!
During this time it is important for you to keep your stress levels down; do not worry if you do not become pregnant right away.
Keep in mind that it is normal for even younger couples to take up to a year to conceive. If you feel you need additional help tracking your ovulation, there are ovulation detection devices on the market today. Your gynecologist can talk with you about which ovulation kit may work best for you.
Always try to stay positive about your pregnancy efforts, and do not blame yourself or your partner if you do not become pregnant right away. This is a special time for you both, and it is important to approach this time with sensitivity, consideration, fun, and lots of loving for you and your partner. Take extra special care of yourself, promote a healthy lifestyle between you and your partner, and a new baby may be just around the corner.