Boost your chances of getting pregnant
So you’ve decided it’s time to have a baby. Congrats! But getting pregnant isn’t always easy and takes time and preparation. It’s recommended that both mother and father spend three months in advance getting their preconception health on check. Here’s some tips on how to improve your chances of having to eat for two.
Lose a few pounds. Past studies have found that obesity has been linked to a higher risk of infertility—it can get your ovulation out of whack. Now is the time to begin exercising and eating better if you are trying to get pregnant. This way, you can continue these healthier habits into your pregnancy.
Get a preconception checkup. Before you start trying, it’s important to get a physical, Pap, a breast exam and any blood work done to make sure everything is on track or to make sure any chronic illnesses you have such as diabetes or asthma are in check. Plus, get tested for any STDs and HIV.
Cut down on caffeine. The science isn’t clear on whether caffeine impacts your fertility—some data says it could and some says it does not. But you really shouldn’t have any more than two cups of coffee a day, period.
Nutrition counts. What you eat always matters, but it really matters when you are trying to conceive—your body really needs it. Eat real foods—fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean meats. Also, up your folic acid and vitamin intake.
Say not to booze and smoking. Clearly, we know liquor and smoking are not good for a baby when it’s growing inside you, but it’s not great for you while you are trying to get pregnant either. So say no to vino and ciggies.
Have sex, but don’t overdo it. There seems to be this misconception that if you want to get pregnant, you have to go at it like jackrabbits every day during ovulation. Not so, says Web MD. Sperm can live in your body for 72 hours. They suggest having sex when you’re ovulating and when you’re not to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Get an ovulation kit. Pregnancy is a monthly ovulation game—a game you have to be on top of to optimize your best chance of getting pregnant. Ovulation can happen anywhere between Day 11 and Day 21 of your cycle. But for some women, using an ovulation kit that tracks it for you works best.
Get your Zzzs. Sleep is so important when you are trying to have a baby, so make sure to get your 8 hours in every night. Sleep relaxes you and is a good way to relieve stress.
You’ve gotta be patient. Some women can get pregnant the first month trying. For others, it takes a year. If you are having difficulties, talk to your doctor about your options and strategies you can take to increase your chances.