Conception does not come easy for everyone. In fact, it is completely normal for healthy, fertile couples in their prime to take months before they conceive. But if you are tired of the wait or just want to increase your chances, there are some things you can do to help boost your chances of getting pregnant.
Philip Druce of OvulationCalendar.com, a fertility prediction website say’s, “If you are trying to conceive, the first thing to do is get the timing right. Many people still think that the best time to try and conceive is on day 14 of the cycle, when actually it is different for different women. Having intercourse during the two days prior to ovulation and ovulation day will increase your chances of conceiving.”
- Track ovulation
You can only get pregnant when you ovulate, so there is nothing more important to your chances of conceiving than knowing when ovulation takes place. Sure, you can guess, but if you are wrong, you run the risk of missing your fertile window for that cycle and having to wait until your next one. You can track ovulation a number of ways. Many women find that charting basal body temperature is easy, inexpensive and effective. Simply take note of your first-morning temperature every day for the entire month, when you notice an obvious increase, you are entering your fertile period.
- Have sex during your fertile window
Of course, it is not enough to simply know that you are ovulating. Plan to have sex during your fertile window. Experts recommend having sex every two to three days during this time for your best chances of conception.
- Avoid lubricants
Although you will want sex to be as pleasant and fun as possible, avoid the urge to lube up. Most lubricants are terrible for sperm. Even saliva can be harmful to sperm, so keep it natural if possible. You can try increasing your natural lubrication before sex by engaging in a longer foreplay session. If you still want to use a lubricant, look for one that is designed for conception like PreSeed.
- Get to a healthy weight
Women who are overweight are more likely to have trouble conceiving than those who are at a healthy weight. If they do conceive, they are more susceptible to pregnancy-related health conditions, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, which can put mom and baby in danger later in the pregnancy. Women who are extremely underweight may also have trouble conceiving, especially if they have stopped getting a period every month. Experts recommend getting to a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 in order to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy.
- Quit bad habits
Bad habits like smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in excess are extremely dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn babies. So, if you are a smoker or drinker, now is a good time to quit. If possible, try to quit at least three months before you plan to start baby making. This will also boost your chances of conceiving.
Author: Dr Zeenobiyah McGowan Ph.D., an expert on women’s health and helping couples conceive naturally. Dr McGowan is a mother of one beautiful girl. She founded Impact Humanity, a charity which helps under privileged children get the basic necessities like food and education in Kenya