Tips for Getting Pregnant: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Fertility
Is 2017 the year you are hoping for a baby? Getting a family started is a natural New Year’s resolution. And for people who are trying to conceive, or wondering if they might have infertility issues, it’s almost a given.
I’ve compiled very useful information and links from our website on things that you can do yourself to achieve that resolution to get pregnant and have a baby. (Tip: start by checking out causes of infertility.) Some things in this blog involve getting your body right, some tips will help you get your mind right.
To conceive naturally a couple should synchronize sexual intercourse with the woman’s ovulation cycle in order to get the sperm to the egg at the appropriate time, which facilitates getting pregnant and having a baby. A woman will generally ovulate 12-14 days prior to the beginning of her menstrual cycle and will have the highest chances of conceiving with intercourse in the five days prior to ovulation, rather than afterwards.
Find more helpful details at the conceive naturally page. It’s very helpful to know how to predict ovulation, track a menstrual cycle and use an ovulation predictor kit.
Fertility as a state of mind
Tying to conceive a child can be emotionally stressful for a couple. Stress may contribute to infertility in up to 30 percent of all couples struggling with infertility.
Stress can end up creating a vicious circle for people who are looking to get pregnant: they’re stressed and they don’t get pregnant, they don’t get pregnant so they’re stressed.
We try to make it as easy as possible to reduce stress for all Dallas-area (and beyond) couples struggling with infertility by offering a free support group lead by our Fertility Counselor Reen Myburgh. This is a safe environment for people to express their fears, worries, frustrations and dreams. This group is not only for our patients but for anyone who is looking for support during their fertility journey.
In addition, we assist our patients with stress management of the fertility journey by offering in-house counseling, rare if not the only one in the Dallas area. We know it is very important to manage your stress in a healthy way while trying to achieve pregnancy. Reen can assist you with how to go about that, taking into consideration your unique circumstances, needs and preferences.
Since stress affects each person differently, relieving stress may also be different for each couple or person. Some ways to relax on your own while trying to get pregnant include:
- Yoga (Join us for Yoga with the Doctor)
- Writing in a journal.
We will be glad to give some advice on pursuing these practices.
Prime your body for getting pregnant
Both the husband and wife need to care for their bodies while trying to get pregnant. You can optimize your body for pregnancy by looking at your diet, exercise routine and lifestyle choices.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for fertility, and that involves a healthy diet and moderate exercise. Overweight or underweight women may experience a decrease in fertility. Obesity in men can also affect the quality and count of sperm.
Also, watch this video on how to naturally increase fertility with diet and exercise tips. Those include avoiding fast food chains and seldomly thought of environmental toxins.
A balanced diet is important for both men and women who are trying to conceive. This includes foods with a natural source of B vitamins and foods rich in iron and protein from plants, such as beans and lentils.
For men, a diet high in zinc may enhance sperm quality. So eat those pumpkin seeds, crabs, oysters and cashew nuts. To increase sperm concentration, it is recommended to eat a diet high in Vitamin B12, which includes egg yolks, sardines and lamb.
For women, supplements can play a role in increasing the chance for timely ovulation and the quality of the egg. It is important not to take supplements without talking with your fertility doctor first. Some possible supplements to aid in getting pregnant are:
- Coenzyme Q10
- The hormone DHEA
- The amino acid L-arginine
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin D
Moderate exercise is also important while trying to get pregnant, but it is key not to overdo it. A woman who exercises too much can suppress her ovulation. The recommended amount of exercise is no more than 45 minutes of intensive cardio workouts, five times a week.
Lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking alcohol or irregular sleep patterns can negatively affect your chances for pregnancy. Women who smoke are impeding ov ulation by altering their estrogen levels and affecting egg quality through inhaled toxin exposure. Men who smoke can see a negative impact on their sperm function.
Alcohol’s direct link to infertility has not been determined. But once a woman is pregnant, alcohol has been linked with birth defects. Because of this, it is recommended for a woman to avoid alcohol if she is trying to get pregnant.
Irregular sleeping patterns interfere with natural daily rhythms, which, in turn, will also affect monthly rhythms. Interfering with monthly rhythms or cycles may impede ovulation and also may affect the quality of the ovulated egg.
When to get help from a fertility doctor
If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year with frequent, unprotected sex and no success, it is time to consider pursuing help from a fertility specialist. If you are over 35, you should seek help after six months if you have not become pregnant. When it comes to reproduction, older couples have less time to pursue fertility treatment; therefore, it is wise to seek help a little faster.
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