I am definitely in no way qualified to give out these tips but lately I have been reading every blog, health care website and listening carefully to the experts. We are so lucky to have access to many, many professional sources but sometimes it can become a little overwhelming so I have condensed all the tips I have read about or received to help you get pregnant.
1. Have Sex!
Ok, granted this is a little obvious but the thing I have read the most across all of these sources is to have sex every two or three days. Most places say not to worry about ovulation dates and just to focus on have regular, unprotected sex. Furthermore, regular sex helps produce better quality sperm!
Being healthy is the best way to maximise getting pregnant. If you are your partner are healthy you will produce a healthy egg and healthy sperm. No alcohol or smoking, a healthy diet and regular exercise. In producing a healthy egg and sperm you will again have a better chance of getting pregnant.
3. Reduce stress
For me this is the hardest bit but stress apparently has a direct impact on your fertility so reduce it. I have started listening to sleep hypnosis (Sleep Well is a free app!) and I have found I am sleeping better and therefore more relaxed the next day.
Fertility treatments such as Arvygo Maya Massage are excellent for assisting in getting pregnant but also in reducing stress as they are so relaxing.
Back to the biology. When an egg is released it only survives for two days and sperm will only survive for, at the most, 7 days. Therefore there is a very small window in which you can get pregnant. Your egg is normally released on day 14 of your cycle, although for some people this will differ slightly. In knowing your cycle you have the opportunity to time things a little better. If you are finding you don’t have a regular cycle then Ovulation tests are your new friend. They will tell you on which day you are ovulating. They can be quite expensive so try online.
5. Folic Acid & Vitamin D
Women who are thinking about getting pregnant should take a 400mcg folic acid supplement each day. – Boots
It is recommended that you take 400mcg of Folic Acid per day ideally three months before conceiving and until you are 12 weeks pregnant – normal multivitamins only have 200mcg. Check with your doctor though as some illnesses including Diabetes may mean you need to take a different dose.
10mg of Vitmain D is also a must. Although some of these nutrients can be quite expsenive, Boots own range is very reasonable!
6. Age & when to get help
Nine out of 10 couples, in which the woman is under 35, will conceive naturally after one year of having regular unprotected sex. – http://www.nhs.co.uk
If you are under 35 and have been trying for over a year to get pregnant then it’s time to speak to your GP. If you are over 35 then it is recommended to speak to your GP before starting to try to conceive.
I hope these help! It can be increasingly stressful when it just isn’t happening. Keep calm, we will all get there!