When you’re trying to conceive, it’s always worth looking for tips. For some people, pregnancy comes quickly but for others, it can take longer to achieve that positive test result and it doesn’t necessarily mean you have any dramatic fertility issues. Fertility is, largely, a measure of how likely you are to conceive in a given period and that means they’re subject to the laws of chance and probability: you can have extremely good odds of getting pregnant but it’s still conceivable that you may not.
Today we’re looking at some tips to help you conceive, and take the first step on that journey to starting your family.
Get Technology on Your Side
There are plenty of ways you can get technological help when you’re trying to conceive naturally. One of the key ways you can boost your chances of conceiving is to identify your fertile window – the time when sperm can reach the egg while it’s fertile. Outside your fertile window, sperm can’t survive long enough to reach the egg while it can be fertilised, and you can’t get pregnant!
Some apps can help chart your ovulation, helping you to identify your fertile window, but even better is an advanced fertility monitor. These devices can track conditions in your body, be it through reading your temperature, testing your urine or tracking your progesterone levels to give you data and predictions about when you’ll be most fertile.
Diet and Supplements
It’s important, when you’re looking at fertility diets and high-priced supplements, that you make sure they address your specific needs. If you’re an adult in good health with a varied diet, then you’re already getting a good dose of most of the key nutrients you need for fertility. Spending money on broad spectrum supplements isn’t actually improving your chances of conceiving and could be costing you a lot over time.
Talk with your doctor or fertility specialist to find out where exactly you can make changes with the maximum effect: if you have PCOS then it could be well worth taking an Inositol supplement, for example whereas if you don’t, it wouldn’t do you a great deal of good.
Lifestyle and Exercise
There are plenty of small changes to your habits you can make to help you conceive. For men, making sure you wear loose boxers rather than tight briefs and avoiding hot baths help create better conditions for the production of healthy sperm, for example.
It’s also worth revising your exercise routine: moderate exercise is good for your general health, but too heavy an exercise routine can be mistaken by your body for extreme stress, leading to lower chances of conceiving, as it appears to your body that you’re in a time of privation and you need to focus more on survival than raising children!