Having a baby is considered by many as the most natural thing in the world. That is certainly true. However there are things that can give Mother Nature a helping hand. From diet and exercise to avoiding stress there are a multitude of small changes that can make a big difference when trying to become a parent. This article aims to explore ways in which to maximize the chance of natural conception.
It’s natural to have questions
As a couple you and your partner are probably used to facing various scenarios together. And with those scenarios usually come questions. The subject of fertility is no exception. You’ve more than likely asked a host of questions such as:
- Are we the right age?
- What if it doesn’t happen straight away?
- Will it be easy?
- If it doesn’t happen first time, what then?
Rest assured, there are no right or wrong answers. What’s more everyone’s situation is unique. Considering questions is natural but try not to stress, as this can become one of the biggest obstacles of all. Studies show stress can have a direct effect on becoming pregnant?
So, chill out, as studies also reveal that 90% of women will conceive within a year. Did you know that only 30% of couples conceive within the first month, 59% conceive within three months and as many as 85% take up to a year? And if it doesn’t happen straight away, we think you’ll agree practice definitely makes perfect. Options for infertility treatment are always available, but following these basic tips will ensure you are maximizing your chances for parenthood.
Treat your body with respect
It’s true when they say you only get out what you put in. Treat your body with the utmost respect and it will serve you well. Listen in men – this applies to you too. Let’s face it, loving parents provide their babies with the right nutrients, refresh them when thirsty, ensure they get enough fresh air. But why wait until baby arrives to do these things? Surely it makes sense to start before conception. So, let’s have a look at some of the things both men and women can do to boost chances of successful fertility.
Men: Vitamin D is shown to increase sperm count, along with some amino acids and folic acid. Yes, you can take that too. Positive lifestyle choices including quitting smoking, reducing alcohol and lowering stress levels are all said to have an effect when trying for a baby.
Women: Folic acid – leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, certain breakfast cereals, they all contain folic acid. What’s more there are many supplements on the market to choose from too. In addition to preparing the body for conception, folic acid will give you the peace of mind in knowing that some studies have concluded that it can help lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of some birth defects. As with men, stopping smoking maximizes your chances of pregnancy. Research has shown exercise can not only help get your body into optimum working order, it can make cutting out cigarettes a little easier also.
The fun bit
Have sex and lots of it. It stands to reason that the more you physically try to get pregnant the more chance you have. Having sex around three times a week is best. Any more and you run the risk of lowering the sperm count.
It’s true there are ways to calculate ovulation and yes a woman does need to be ovulating to get pregnant. One tip is to check your temperature each morning. At the time of ovulation a female’s temperature drops slightly, then rises sharply when ovulation has happened. And consider this. Sperm can live inside a woman’s body for up to three days. So, even if you haven’t ovulated at the time of intercourse, conception is still possible.
Lie back and relax
Think about it, gravity is on your side. Although not conclusive, many experts say that sex in the missionary position, and then lying flat on your back afterwards can maximize your chances of pregnancy.
Reduce the caffeine
Drinking large amounts of tea and coffee is not advisable when pregnant. What’s more it’s proven that cutting down whilst trying to get pregnant isn’t a bad idea either.
Keep it brief
It’s not an old wives’ tale. Wearing loose fitting underwear certainly does help with sperm production. The temperature of a man’s testes should ideally be lower than his body temperature. But give it time; new sperm can take 10-11 weeks to produce.