Trying to make a baby? Here are some tips on what you can do to increase your chances of conceiving.
Keep track of your period
Have intercourse on days you are most likely to conceive. Timing is
everything. Women are most likely to conceive on days they are
ovulating. If you aren't already keeping a menstrual calendar,
start doing so now. Note down the dates your period starts, how long it
lasts, and any other information you feel may be of help to your
gynecologist. If you have irregular periods, it may not be easy to calculate the days you are ovulating
A menstrual calendar will also help you keep track of your date of conception, and you will consequently be able to calculate your due date with more accuracy.
Lie down after sex
Don't get up and run around immediately after having sex. Lie down for
a while. This increases the chances of the sperm meeting the egg. It is
even recommended that you place a high pillow, cushion or bolster under
your hips after making love, to direct the sperm upwards towards the
egg. Believe it or not, this really does help!
Discuss medication with your doctor
This pose is difficult to achieve
initially. You may find it difficult to grab your foot, and you may
also find it difficult to turn. If you cannot reach the foot initially,
try and reach whatever part of your leg you can - maybe the calf. Do
this pose sitting close to a wall, so you can try and reach for the
support of the wall as you turn around, instead of placing your hand on
your back. Make sure you are not sitting too close to the wall though,
you want to have place to turn around.
Give up drinking coffee
at least for the time you are trying to conceive.
Caffeine is believed to reduce the flow of blood to the uterus,
restricting the growth of the baby. Studies also suggest that excessive
caffeine contributes to a reduction in fertility levels. What
constitutes excessive coffee? More than three cups a day is definitely
excessive. One or two cups a day is fine but if you are having problems
conceiving, give it up for now. If you can't do without your daily
cuppa, switch to decaf.
Reduce alcohol consumption
your consumption of alcohol. Alcohol reduces male fertility levels and
so does smoking. Excessive smoking and drinking also affects the
quality of sperm, so if you want to get pregnant, give up your vices
for the time being. The chances of a healthy pregnancy are higher.
Breathe clean air
If your workplace exposes you to
hazardous materials or chemicals, this may affect the quality of your
sperm, and it may cause a reduction of fertility levels. It is also
unsafe for a pregnant woman to be exposed to hazardous material, as it
may adversely affect the foetus, leading to birth problems.
Keep your vagina clean
Saliva can kill sperm, and
so can some forms of vaginal lubricants, glycerine and oils. While this
shouldn't matter if the male sperm count is very high, if you are
having problems conceiving it is best to keep your vagina 'sperm
friendly', which means no oral sex or lubricants. Similarly, don't wear
scented tampons and avoid vaginal sprays. Keep your vagina clean and
natural. Avoid douching, as douching alters the natural acidity of the
vagina. It may even lead to vaginal infections, which in a way defeats the very purpose of douching.
Yoga and exercise
Exercise regularly so your body stays fit and in optimum shape, and try these
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