Many of us dream of becoming a mommy (or having another baby) and while most of us know “the birds and the bees” that are needed to make the miracle happen, sometimes Mother Nature still requires a bit more help to make fertility easier.
Customarily, medical professionals believe that if you are in good health, you have a consistent sex life, you are aware of your ovulation schedule and you’ve been trying to get pregnant for less than a year but you have yet to conceive, you still have nothing to be concerned about. However, there are always things that you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant. We have five tips for you right here:
Control your weight. There are a lot of studies that support the fact that if you are overweight or underweight, it can make it harder to get pregnant. So, make sure to see your doctor so that he can let you know what your ideal weight should be, get plenty of exercise and make sure to eat foods that are high in iron, zinc, protein and also Vitamin C.
Watch what you drink. The reasons why you shouldn’t drink a lot of caffeine and/or alcohol are proving to be endless; one of them is that it can make getting pregnant a bit more difficult. Although 1-2 cups of java a day is perfectly fine (because that equals out to 250-500 milligrams of caffeine), when you start going over that amount, it can lower your fertility (same applies to caffeinated sodas). As for alcoholic beverages, studies show that women who have two drinks per day decrease fertility by as much as 60 percent.
Be careful with your lubricants. If lubricants are a part of your routine, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine says that you might want to stay away from the brands that you can get at your local drugstore. That’s because a lot of them contain spermicide and that can definitely compete with conception. So, what can you use instead? Canola and peanut oil are two great alternatives. Just make sure you don’t have a peanut allergy first.
Reduce your stress. When it comes to preparing for your fertile future, you definitely want to make sure to keep your stress levels way down. When you are overwhelmed or anxious or even when you participate in continual strenuous exercise, you can throw your hormone levels off, which can cause your menstrual cycle to become irregular. When this happens, it’s hard to keep up with your ovulation schedule which makes it challenging to conceive.
Stop douching. Many health practitioners and homeopaths frown on douching, mainly because the vagina was created to be a self-cleaning part of the body. If you notice that there is an abnormal odor or discharge, rather than attempting to “douche it away”, it’s best to see a doctor so that s/he can determine if you have something like a yeast infection, bacterial vaginitis or even a sexually transmitted disease. If you do, left untreated, it could lead to infertility so don’t self-diagnose by douching. Set up a doctor’s appointment instead.