Tips on How to Get Pregnant

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8:03 am April 12, 2012

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If you’re looking for tips on how to get pregnant, you’ve come to the right place. Many couples initially take on the road to pregnancy head on, having sex during all the wrong times (and maybe even in all the wrong places). The problem is there is a very slim chance, only about to 20 to 25 percent, of getting pregnant every month. The key is to grab that chance right when it appears, and you have to know exactly when it does. Here’s how.

Tip # 1: Keep your weight healthy.

Research shows those women who have a normal Body Mass Index, one that’s not below 20 and not above 30, have higher chances of conceiving earlier than women who are underweight or overweight. Higher BMI is also associated with insulin resistance, which is a common cause of PCOS, a reproductive disorder that is the leading cause of infertility in the United States.

Tip # 2: Time your ovulation.

Stop relying on non-standard methods like the ovulation calendar. Unless your cycle is always 28 days long and you ovulate exactly on the 14th day of your cycle every cycle, the ovulation calendar is not very reliable. To get more accurate results, use an ovulation predictor kit, with determines when you are going to ovulate around 24 hours before the day of ovulation.

Tip # 3: Stock up on folic acid.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommend the intake of folic acid supplements for pregnant women and for both men and women who are trying to get pregnant. Folic acid is a B vitamin that promotes a healthier sperm count in men and aids in the production of healthy egg cells in women. It also prevents the occurrence of birth defects affecting the brain and the spinal cord.

Tip # 4: Cut down on smoking, drinking, and coffee.

Cigarettes, alcohol, and too much caffeine decrease your chances of getting pregnant and increase your risks for miscarriages, low birth weights, and birth defects. Smoking in men, even exposure to secondhand smoke, decreases sperm count and can lead to different abnormalities in the baby. Too much caffeine, too, has been known to lower the iron levels in the body, which is a leading cause of stillbirths.

Tip# 5: De-stress.

Physical health is not the only factor important to getting pregnant. Mental well-being is essential as well. It is known that women who suffer from depression are two times less likely to get pregnant. Symptoms of depression include loss of energy, self-loathing, feelings of helplessness, problems concentrating, and irritability and mood swings. Keep yourself and your partner stress-free by engaging in stress relief techniques that work best for you, such as yoga, meditation or tai chi.

Tip # 6: Chuck the briefs.

Ask your husband to do away with the briefs and use boxers instead. Wearing tight-fitting briefs tends to constrict the testes where the sperm is produced and stored. This leads to a lower sperm count than when the testes are hanging loose inside a pair of boxers.

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