If you and your partner are trying to conceive (TTC), there are things you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Follow these tips to boost your fertility and get pregnant faster!
1. Stop using birth control. Okay, that seems pretty obvious. Women who have been taking birth control pills should stop taking them at least three months before trying to get pregnant. Women who have been taking the pill for more than a year will want to get off the pill at least six months before trying to conceive.
2. Monitor your periods. Know when you are ovulating and plan your TTC efforts around your most fertile days. You can find your fertile times by using Ovulation Predictor Kits, a fertility monitor, and/or charting your Basal Body Temperature and cervical mucus. Many experts say the best time to have intercourse is a few days before ovulation and a day or two afterwards.
3. Use a sperm-friendly lubricant. Special fertility lubricants are made for couples who are trying to conceive and aids the sperm on its journey through the cervix to meet the egg. It is not a fertility treatment, it is made for all couples who are trying to have a baby. Optimize your chances of conception with personal lubricants.
4. Take prenatal vitamins. Studies have shown that vitamins such as folate and vitamin B6 increase your chances of getting pregnant quickly. There are traditional prenatal vitamin pills as well as chewable gummy prenatal vitamins. Pick your favorite and take them daily.
5. Cut out caffeine. Daily consumption of caffeine decreases fertility in women (up to 12%) and men (up to 50%)!
6. Give up smoking. Smoking can lead to fertility problems in women and men. Even secondhand smoke can cause decreased fertility.
7. Eat a healthy diet. Incorporate fertility-boosting foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, soy foods, and olive oil. Avoid trans-fats and partially hydrogenated oil.
8. Catch some rays. Vitamin D has been linked to fertility. Your body is designed to produce Vitamin D when bare skin is exposed to sunlight. So put on some sunscreen and sit in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes a few days each week.
9. Give up alcohol. Even one or two drinks a day can cause fertility problems in women.
10. Know when to get help. If the woman is 35 or older and has not become pregnant after six months of having sex regularly without using birth control, she and her partner should consider getting an infertility evaluation. If the woman is under 35, she and her partner should consult a fertility specialist if she has failed to become pregnant after one year of having unprotected intercourse on a regular basis.
Talk to your medical care provider about any questions or concerns you may have about trying to conceive. Learn more about fertility, pregnancy and TTC by reading books such as Taking Charge of Your Fertility and The Impatient Woman’s Guide To Getting Pregnant.
Are you currently trying to conceive? Do you have any TTC tips to share?