Do you feel like it’s time for you and your partner to start a family of your own? Getting pregnant may not be as straightforward as you imagined it to be. Here are 7 tips which will help you conceive quicker.

#1 Timing:

A woman’s body follows a particular monthly cycle. This cycle includes ovulation, release of the egg, and menstruation in the case of non-fertilization of the egg. Every month, your pituitary gland releases certain hormones which in turn stimulate the release of the egg. This is known as ovulation. The best time to conceive would be the days leading up to the release of the egg as chances of fertilization are highest in this time.

In order to know when you’re going to ovulate, you need to track your cycle by keeping a track of your periods. You may also notice the secretion of slippery vaginal mucus right before ovulation. During ovulation, body temperature tends to rise. By tracking your cycle, you can identify the days before this rise in body temperature, which would be the optimal time to try to conceive. Additionally, there are certain tests which you can take in order to predict when ovulation may occur. These include urine tests which identify increased hormonal levels which lead up to ovulation.

#2 Stress and Pills:

Excess stress could affect your bodily functioning and your menstrual cycle and cause sexual dysfunction. For men, stress may hinder the sperm health and cause performance anxiety. Try, as much as possible to reduce the amount of stress you face in the day. Also try stress reduction techniques such as meditation.

Any birth control pills that were taken prior to your decision to conceive should be stopped a few months before you try to get pregnant as these affect the cycle and it requires some time to stabilize.

#3 Healthy Sperm:

Certain things you do could lead to elevating the health and strength of the sperm which would maximise the chances of fertilization of the egg. Some of these include – Reducing alcohol intake, avoiding the intake of tobacco and other recreational drugs, avoiding hot water as it kills sperms (hot tubs, saunas, Jacuzzis, hot baths), maintaining a healthy weight, ensuring that you consume the right nutrients. Failing to do these leads to lower sperm count and poorer functioning of the sperm (such as reduced speed). They may also lead to increased number of abnormal sperms.

#4 Sex:

Having sex a few times a week could increase the probability of conception occurring in the fertile period. Therefore, have sex regularly and it may be enough to conceive. Lie on your back after sex as that will facilitate the pooling of sperms towards the back of the vagina which would increase the chances of some sperm reaching and fertilizing the egg. The best way to ensure this is to have sex before going to sleep. Having sex everyday on the days leading up to ovulation would increase the probability of fertilization.

#5 What Not To Do:

Using lubricant could decrease fertility. These could change the pH balance inside the vagina and thus cause a hindrance to your attempts at conception. Using oil is a safer alternative. Otherwise, you can consult your doctor for help.

Additionally, consult a doctor before taking any medication in order to ensure that it will not negatively affect your conception abilities or fertility.

#6 Exercise:

Maintaining a healthy body weight is essential in order to ensure maximum fertility. Being overweight and underweight make it much harder for a woman to conceive. Thus, moderate exercise can greatly help in maintaining an optimum weight. In addition, it can help the body prepare for the physical strains of pregnancy. However, too much exercise can be unhealthy for the body as well. It could lead to menstrual disturbances and interfere with ovulation. Vigorous workouts for a person of a healthy body weight could impair fertility.

#7 Nutrition:

Eating healthy food could promote healthy bodily functioning and help to prepare the body for pregnancy. In addition, green leafy vegetables could replace folic acid supplements as they provide the body with the same B vitamin. Caffeine should be avoided as it has been found to decrease fertility in women. Sea food rich in mercury, such as certain types of fish, should also be avoided as it is toxic for the body.

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