Tips and Tricks for Conceiving
Some people are fortunate and fall pregnant very easily, but for some it may take a little longer – it’s just the way of life. Whether it’s taking longer than expected or you’re about to start trying and want some help on what to do to improve your chances, we’ve compiled a list of some tips & tricks that you can use to help *hopefully* speed things along*.
Do it, frequently!
If you’re looking to get pregnant, you need to make sex a priority. Whilst you don’t want to schedule it in and make it more of a chore than a fun activity to do with your partner, you do need to think about making it a frequent activity, every two to three days where possible. Sex this often is recommended for those who aren’t aware of their ovulation cycle and don’t to miss an opportunity.
Know your cycle
Alternatively, you can get to know your cycle in a bid to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Throughout your menstrual cycle there’s a key sex-day window when you’re going to be particularly fertile; five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation.
A good way to figure out your ovulation date is getting to know your menstrual cycle. Day one of your cycle would be the first day of your period, with the last day of the cycle being the day before your next period starts. Ovulation tends to take place two weeks before your period, therefore if your typical menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, you’d be looking to start your six days of ovulation on day 14. If you don’t want to work with guesswork, you can now buy ovulation kits that will help you figure this out.
Manage your weight
Being underweight can be just as damaging for your body as being overweight, so it’s ideal to get your weight to a position when you’re neither underweight or overweight in order for your body to be at its best. Cut out the junk food too. It won’t hurt to improve your eating and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Ideally you want to have a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9.
Stick around for 10/15 minutes
Whilst it’s a myth that you need to lift your legs into the air following sex in order for the sperm to get into your cervix, it is recommended that you stay lying down for 10 to 15 minutes following sex in order for the sperm to move along. That especially means not going to the toilet straight away.
Men, quit it!
Tight underwear, hot tubs and saunas, soy foods and keeping your mobile in your pocket near your testicles are all said to have a negative effect on your sperm count – it’s just not worth it!
Women, quit it!
If you smoke or like to drink, quit both now! Neither is great for the baby, when you fall pregnant, but quitting both whilst trying to conceive, instead of waiting until you find out you’re pregnant, will improve your health and your chances of conceiving.
Attempt to de-stress your life in any way possible. Stressed at work? Ask for help to share the load. Stressed at people saying “don’t worry, it’ll happen”, explain to them that it doesn’t actually help and you need/want their support. Stressed with certain family members or friends? Try to steer clear of them for a short while. Stress is proven to interfere with ovulation and that’s the last thing you need.
These are just some of the tips and tricks that we wanted to share with you, but there are so many smaller changes to your life that you can make in order to increase your chances of conceiving.
* We can’t promise that these will make you fall pregnant, but anything’s worth trying, right?!