If you’re thinking of having a baby, it’s not as simple as having sex and twiddling your thumbs until the baby arrives. For some couples, it can take a long time, with lots of attempts, struggles and heartaches along the way. For others, it comes so easily. It’s not a straightforward thing, is it? However, there are things that a couple can do to increase their chances of getting pregnant. Let’s take a look at some of the ways to increase fertility and give you the best chance of having a baby.
1. Control Your Weight
This is not just a matter of being overweight; being underweight can also slow down the time it takes to get pregnant. Many women don’t pay much attention to their weight before getting pregnant. An ideal body mass index or BMI for young and middle-aged female adults is between 18.5 to 24.9. Staying at a healthy weight will help when trying to conceive.
2. Sperm Production & Motility
A poor diet, cigarettes and alcohol can lower sperm production or motility. Vitamins E and C and the mineral selenium can help in producing healthy sperm. It can actually take several weeks for sperm to mature, get healthy and swim like an Olympian. Even though guys produce millions of sperm every day, these aren’t really great swimmers or mature enough to fertilize an egg. So, even if you start looking after yourself or change your lifestyle, you’ll probably have to wait a few weeks before you’re ready to step up to the plate. (Cigarettes and alcohol aren’t good for the ladies as well).
3. Herbicides & Pesticides
There has been research to suggest that pesticides and herbicides can reduce your chances of getting pregnant. A lower sperm count as well as sperm quality are affected and in women, ovarian function can be hindered and menstrual cycles may be disrupted. So, make sure to either go organic for a while or wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly.
4. Don’t Slip Up On The Slippery Stuff
If you use lubricants, be careful as some of them are not very ‘sperm-friendly’. Try not to use saliva either. Use a lubricant that does not contain a spermicidal agent.
5. Just Do It…Often
Having sex regularly when you’re trying to conceive is a good thing. If having sex everyday is a bit too much for you, having it on alternate days gives you as good a chance to conceive. This helps a woman to have a more predictable menstrual cycle and normal ovulation. Frequent sex during your fertile window definitely helps your chances of getting pregnant.
Speak to a professional fertility clinic for proper medical advice for whatever issues you may have and in your quest to start a family.