5 Ways To Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
We’re sometimes led to believe that to increase your chances of getting pregnant, all you have to do is have sex more often and buy a stack of pee sticks, and wait four weeks.
Yet, reality is much different, in the United Kingdom alone, one in seven couples struggle to conceive, and in the United States, according to Yolanda Kirkham, an OB-GYN at Women’s College Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, your chances of conceiving each cycle you try are 25 to 30 percent if you’re under 35, eight to 15 percent if you’re 35 to 39, five percent if you’re 40 to 42 and one to two percent at age 43.
Ways To Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
Cut Out Smoking
“The sperm of cannabis users tend to have poorer size and shape, which means they’re less likely to navigate through the woman’s body to reach and fertilize the egg,” Dr. Lucy, Co-Founder of fertility education and product company, Dr. Fertilit, explained to Cosmopolitan.
“Studies suggest that there is no real difference in the rate of sperm production, how the sperm swim, or their size and shape between tobacco smokers and non-smokers. However, when the sperm are examined more closely, the DNA quality is less healthy in smokers than non-smokers,” she explained. “DNA is the genetic material that the sperm carry to the egg, to create a new life. In smokers, the DNA is more likely to be chopped, damaged or disorganised and this can increase the risk of miscarriage or the risk of struggling to conceive in the first place.
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Destress Your Life
You may feel your anxiety levels skyrocketing now that you’re trying to get pregnant—preparing for this life change is huge! But it’s actually more important than ever to keep stress in check. There are a number of studies that show that stress can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle. Being stressed out is bad for guys, too, since it can affect sperm production and maturation. Plus, we all know that stress can reduce sexual desire. “We can’t eliminate stress from our lives, but we can control how we deal with it,” according to Today’s Parent. “Exercise, massage, yoga, meditation and acupuncture have all been shown to be effective tools in managing stress.”, So if you want to increase your chances of getting pregnant, take the day off and unwind.
Up Your Vitamin Intake
Today’s Parent also recommends taking your multivitamins. Now’s the time to start taking a multivitamin, if you don’t already. Not only do you need folic acid to prevent neural tube, heart and limb defects, which can form in the first few weeks of pregnancy, but studies have also shown that women who are iron deficient may experience poor egg quality and even stop ovulating. A vitamin B12 deficiency can also result in irregular ovulation, and a vitamin D deficiency can interfere with hormone balance. Vitamin C can improve hormone levels, and selenium is also important, as it helps protect the egg and sperm from free-radical damage.
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Use an Ovulation Calendar
A fertility calculator or calendar can help you figure out the length of your cycle and the day of the month when you’re most fertile. Over time, you’ll see patterns in your cycle. And you can use that information to assess the best time to try to get pregnant.
Eat Foods That Boost Fertility
Diet isn’t only important for health, it can impact your fertility, too. Increase your chances of getting pregnant, by making sure you include certain healthy foods in your diet will ensure your body isn’t deficient in any of the key baby-making nutrients and vitamins. Here are our recommendations:
- Fortified cereals
- Beans, lentils, nuts
Spinach is a leafy green that is key for healthy egg and sperm production as it contains zinc. Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6, which helps regulate hormones, and fortified cereals help you get your fair share of Vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D has been associated with increased rates of infertility. Lastly, beans, lentils, and nuts are known as fertility-boosting as they are full of great plant-based protein!
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