Trying to conceive – we give some basic tips

Are you trying to conceive? Apart from frequent baby-dancing, there are other ways to increase your chances of conceiving. 

Trying to conceive these days can mean a lot more than just having sex. Many times couples believe they will fall pregnant on the first “try” but it’s not always so easy. Some couples go through several months of trying before they see a fertility specialist. If you are just starting to try to conceive, there are several tips you can try to up your changes. 


12 tips for trying to conceive:

  1. Strive for a healthy body weight, since either being too heavy or too thin reduces your chances of conceiving.
  2. Eat healthy foods to prepare your body for pregnancy by giving it adequate stores of crucial nutrients such as protein, calcium, and iron.
  3. Give up smoking since chemicals found in cigarettes such as carbon monoxide and nicotine can cause fertility issues.
  4. Reduce or completely avoid alcohol intake, which can make it difficult when trying to get pregnant.
  5. Track the frequency of your menstrual cycle, i.e., to know if it is regular or irregular, and this should help you know when you are going to ovulate.
  6. Monitor ovulation. This is especially easy for women with regular periods. You can use our fertility calculator or home-ovulation prediction kits to do this.
  7. Have sex frequently during the fertile window to increase your chances of conceiving.
  8. Although experts argue over the role of sex positions, it is believed that positions such as missionary which keep the sperm in the vagina longer help when trying to conceive.
  9. Remember to have enjoyable sex and don’t see sex as a job if you are trying so hard to conceive, as the way you feel sexually can be a factor into your chances of conceiving.
  10. Strenuous exercises are said to interfere with ovulation and to cause irregular menses; therefore, it should be reduced when trying to conceive.
  11. Taking prenatal vitamin supplement as well as folic acid can improve a woman’s chances of trying to conceive. 
  12. Know when it is time to see a doctor especially for women over 35 years old who has not become pregnant after about six months of regular sex without the use of birth control.


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