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Top 5 Tips For Getting Pregnant

Deciding to start a family is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make, which can be both exciting and daunting! For some couples it can happen straight away, for others it can take a few months and for 1 in 7 couples medical assistance will be required. 1

To help you on your fertility journey here are our top 5 tips for getting pregnant:

  1. Try to relax and de-stress

Nobody likes to hear this but....there is more and more evidence of the negative role stress and anxiety can play on our fertility. It is important that you don’t let trying for a baby consume your life because it could take a few months or even years (hopefully not!) to conceive. Make sure you continue to enjoy life and do fun things together! Activities like meditation, massages and yoga help to keep you relaxed. Now might be a good time to evaluate your stress levels and to do something positive about areas in your life that are causing you stress e.g. your job.

    1. Combine a healthy lifestyle with conception vitamins

    To help prepare both your bodies for getting pregnant, it is recommended that you supplement a healthy diet with some key vitamins, such as folic acid and vitamin D for women and zinc and vitamin B6 for men. You won’t be surprised to read that smoking, drug taking and alcohol can all affect fertility. It is now recommended that women trying to conceive should stop smoking, drug taking and avoid alcohol 2.

     

    There isn’t conclusive evidence of the impact of caffeine on conception, however, the NHS recommend that you limit your daily intake of caffeine to 200mg, the equivalent to two cups of instant coffee per day. Many people are surprised to learn that they should make lifestyle changes 6 months before trying to conceive. This is because it takes 3-6 months for a woman’s egg to mature and 3 months for sperm production.

    1. Understand your personal fertile window

    Tracking when you ovulate is a great way to understand when you are fertile. Fertility apps and ovulation calculators are a good start in understanding roughly when you might ovulate but we recommend combining these with tracking natural body signs and/or fertility products such as ovulation tests and fertility monitors.

     

    Whilst it is important to understand when you are fertile to better time intercourse to increase your chances of conception, we appreciate that it isn’t the most romantic thing to text or call your partner to let them know when it’s ovulation showtime. Men often feel under pressure to perform if you approach it this way and as mentioned previously the more relaxed you both are the better. It might be better to try and entice him with a beer and a curry….

    1. You don’t have to be baby dancing every day

    You don’t need to be at it like rabbits every day! Having intercourse every couple of days for a few days before and after ovulation is fine and if that’s not possible 2 to 3 times per week is adequate. Sperm can live for up to 5 days inside the female body waiting for the egg to be released.

       

      1. Don’t be too strict

      Remember to live and enjoy life! It is always good to be informed of the latest fertility research and advice but ultimately you need to make your own informed decisions. Cutting everything out of your life that may impact fertility can be tough and can make the journey to parenthood less enjoyable. The point is you need to decide what the right approach is for you and your partner without feeling guilty.
        1 - NHS Choices - http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Infertility/Pages/Introduction.aspx
        2 - UK Chief Medical Officers’ Alcohol Guidelines Review - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/489795/summary.pdf