Getting Pregnant

getting pregnant iconConceiving a child and becoming parents are high on the list of any well-functioning married couple. Aside from the opportunity to create a life borne out love, a child becomes your legacy for when you leave this world. No wonder then that first time parents are known to lovingly dote on their firstborns. Having a child is a great blessing, and a truly fulfilling experience.

For some, getting pregnant can be quite easy and yet for others, it can be an elusive challenge. While there is no surefire method that guarantees an egg to an embryo production, there are certainly ways to improve your chances at conception. This section will provide some ways that couples and women can do individually to prepare their bodies for procreation.

Some of these tips are:

1. It’s time to stop using any form of birth control. The first and most obvious thing that you must do is to discontinue the use of any birth control immediately. Your body will need time to get back to its normal bodily functions and to revert to its natural state of being able to bear a child without the drugs. Some forms of contraceptives like Depo-Provera may linger longer in a woman’s body. Of course with barrier contraceptives, the effect is immediately.

2. Make health your first priority. For both couples, it is best to be in the pink and prime of health and well-being while trying to get pregnant. It is important to watch your weight, get a daily dose of exercise and keep stress and illnesses away. Feeling tired or sick can greatly affect the ovulation period, making it difficult to conceive. Just add simple steps to create a healthier lifestyle. Make your diet high in antioxidants, consume more fruits and vegetables, take vitamins like Folic acid and try to avoid food high in mercury.

3. Say goodbye to caffeine and nicotine. The best thing you can do right away is to quit smoking. Smoking affects a woman’s system that is counterproductive to getting pregnant. At the same count, the habit both lowers the sperm count and affects the health of the sperm cells of the husband. Caffeine on the other hand, when taken in doses of more than a cup a day, increases your chances for a miscarriage. To be safe, it is best to limit yourself to only one cup of a day while in the process of trying to get pregnant.

4. Make use of the woman’s ovulation period. It is best to time your intercourse during your wife’s pre-ovulation period. Two to three days leading up to her predicted ovulation is recommended. It is also wise to engage in intercourse about two to three times a week even when ovulation is not predicted, just in case.

5. Ensure accurate results from your pregnancy test. Only take the test after you have counted 28 days from the day you missed your period. Taking one sooner may result in a false result. If you cannot wait that long, it is best to go to a doctor for a blood test which will be far more accurate.