6 Tips for couples trying to conceive

by Aarti Kapur Singh

Expert 01Take a look at these six tips for couples trying to conceive

Parenthood is a wonderful experience – it is also a privilege of being able to create life. Deciding to have a child can also be stressful and frustrating for couples who don’t conceive right away. Everyone’s path to parenthood is different, and for couples struggling to conceive, that path can be frustrating, and even painful.  The time to start working toward a healthy pregnancy is before you conceive. If you are trying to get pregnant quick, these 6 tips for couples trying to conceive are a good start to get your body ready for the conception process. couples trying to conceive 01

1. Stop taking birth control:

This is the first most obvious thing to do if you want to get pregnant. If you are using barrier methods, such as condoms, diaphragms, a cervical cap or sponge, you should simply remove and/or stop using them. With hormonal contraception, such as the pill, it’s best to consult your GP. Generally, you should allow 2–3 months for your body to adjust to regular periods before trying to conceive.If you are using an IUD (intrauterine contraceptive device), this should be removed one cycle prior to trying while a hormonal implant or injection can last 3–6 months. Most commercial lubricants have been shown to be harmful to sperm. So if you are using a lubricant during intercourse due to dryness, discontinue and start using a fertility lubricant.couples trying to conceive 02

2. Get familiar with your ovulation cycle

It’s important to know your cycle. You should try for a baby after a period which is the best time to conceive. The most fertile time of the cycle is ovulation period; this is when you should try. Your ovulation day is when an egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is available to be fertilized by sperm. It occurs about 14 days before the menstrual period is due. To help improve your chances of conceiving, it’s important to track your ovulation closely. You can do this by tracking your period, watching your body closely and logging symptoms, charting your basal body temperature or using ovulation kits. If you still aren’t sure when you’re ovulating, try intercourse every other day to improve your chances of conception.

3. Eat right:

Some foods are beneficial for fertility, make sure you include those in your diet. Exercise daily so that your body is well prepared for pregnancy. Eat food rich in omega -3 oils, proteins, antioxidants, etc. Avoid processed, oily food and focus on proper nutritious food – a full meal. Believe it or not, peas have anti-fertility effects for both men and women. Also watch out for soy products. They contain a natural source of estrogen that can be beneficial, but may cause hormonal imbalances, leading to interference with ovulation and egg production. Make sure your man also eats properly. Poor appetite coupled with stress can often have adverse effects on sexual urges. As a safety, it’s important to take some multivitamin and other mineral supplements.couples trying to conceive 05

4. Get rid of stress:

Research shows that having high stress levels can delay your ability to get pregnant. Develop some strategies for dealing with stress – maybe a cup of tea, walking through the park or cuddling up with an old film. Try activities that may help you to relax.couples trying to conceive 06

5. Rest well:

Sleep is very important. Studies show that women who get too little sleep tend to have more problems ovulating regularly than those who don’t. Get some sleep – at least eight hours daily. couples trying to conceive 07

6. Maintain a healthy weight range:

Weight plays a significant role in pregnancy as well as fertility. Whether you are overweight or underweight, it is not suitable for pregnancy.


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