How To Get Pregnant Fast: 9 Tips for Success
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Only a woman who has experienced infertility knows the struggles other women face when trying to get pregnant.
As one of such women who struggled to conceive for almost four years, I know first hand the psychological and emotional pain this phase can bring on.
Infertility is described as the inability of a couple to conceive after actively trying to get pregnant for a year (six months if the woman is over 35 years of age) and about 15% of couples in the US experience it.
Luckily, most couples who actively try go on to conceive after a while.
9 Tips That Will Boost Your Chances When Trying to Get Pregnant
There are tips and health factors that can and will boost your chances of conceiving and you should know what these are.
1) Rule Out Any Underlying Health Issues
The first and most recommended step to take when trying to get pregnant is to find out if you or your partner have any health problems that might be responsible for or contributing to your continued inability to conceive.
Research has shown 30-40% of all infertility cases happen as a result of a problem with the woman’s system, 30% by the man’s, and 30% attributed to combined or unexplained causes.
Some of the causes of infertility in women include Polycystic Ovarian Insufficiency (PCOS), irregular ovulation, fibroid, endometriosis, STIs, uterine or cervical abnormalities, sperm antibodies, fallopian tube damage or blockage, pelvic adhesion, and being overweight or underweight.
In men, infertility could be a result of abnormal sperm production, sperm delivery problems, exposure to certain environmental factors, hormone imbalance, age-related factors, exposing the family jewels to heat, unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking, and excessive drinking.
Once the cause of delayed conception is identified, your doctor will place you on the appropriate treatment for it immediately to boost your chances of conceiveg.
2) Carry Out a Fertility Cleanse
A fertility cleanse is strongly recommended by medical experts for several reasons:
- Besides preparing your body for conception.
- It also promotes a much healthier pregnancy after conception.
A fertility cleanse rids our system of the toxins, metals, and inflammation we regularly come in contact with.
Dr. Sangiuliano, a fertility expert, explains fertility cleanse improves the quality of eggs and also makes the womb healthier for conception.
These cleanses are also easy to carry out as they are most times administered by naturopaths using herbs or bought as fertility cleansing kits online.
3) Know Your Ovulation Period
Every couple has just a 25% chance of conceiving, so knowing your ovulation cycle is important to boost your chances of conceiving.
Some signs you are ovulating include:
- Breast tenderness
- Mittelschmerz or ovulation pain in one or both sides of your abdomen at a certain time of the month.
- increased sexual drive.
- Increased and sustained basal body temperature.
- Cervical mucus changes
- A heightened sense of smell
- Light discharge or spotting
- Changes in the cervix (becoming softer, higher, and more open).
4) Have Lots of Sex
This was one of the treatments my doctor prescribed. Not to be crude here, but you should have lots of sex when trying to conceive as you don’t know which of your baby dance will produce the desired results.
However, while you should have sex often, experts also recommend not putting a timetable to this act so you don’t take the fun out of it, making it more of a chore for you both.
5) Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet also prepares your body and some foods will do a better and faster job of this.
Some of such foods you should be eating include citrus fruits, full-fat dairy, sunflower seeds, liver, cooked tomatoes, beans & lentil, oysters, asparagus, walnuts, pomegranates, salmon, egg yolk, pineapple, berries, avocados, quinoa, cinnamon, Greek yogurt, leafy greens, yam, maca roots, and seaweeds.
On the other hand, you should avoid foods like soy, sugar, alcohol, and saturated fats.
6) Avoid Stress as Much as Possible
You also want to avoid all forms of stress: physical and emotional as stress, especially when prolonged, disrupts your ovulation, making you not ovulate or doing so quite late.
Some habits or lifestyles that stress women include constant long commutes, a demanding career, a difficult marriage, taking less than the recommended 7 -8 hours of sleep each night, excessive house chores, caring for sick kids, and having to regularly plan and execute activities.
7) Avoid Douching and Other Unhealthy Practices
An estimated 20 -40% of American women douche and most who do so claim it makes them feel fresher. However, research has found the dangers of douching far outweigh the benefits.
The vaginal naturally contains a flora of both good and bad bacteria which co-exist to keep you protected. Douching doesn’t just kill the bad bacteria, but also kills some of the good ones, leaving you exposed and susceptible to infections.
Recommended alternatives to douching include washing with water (since the vaginal is self-cleaning anyway) or using a non-fragranced wash.
8) Maintain an Ideal Weight
You also want to maintain the right weight when trying to get pregnant as being overweight or underweight messes with your hormones which in turn impacts your chances.
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9) Get Help
Women who seek help when trying to conceive have a higher chance of conceiving and that’s because, for one, any underlying health issue that might be present is discovered and treated before they have the chance to worsen.
There’s also the fact your healthcare provider might know and apply a few age-long tips that have been proven to be effective.
Contrary to a widely-held notion, seeking help is not confirmation you are infertile but could actually be a smart move and just what you need to get pregnant fast.
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