So you have decided to have a baby! That is great news and a decision that often requires quite a bit of planning. When most people think about planning for a new addition to the family, they think about things like budget and baby-proofing the house
. While these are definitely good things to consider, let us not forget that there is one very important step that must come first: you must get pregnant. For some, this is easier said than done. Even for women without fertility issues
, preparing for a successful pregnancy is important.
Here are 5 things you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
1. Have sex 1-3 days before ovulation
Having sex at the right time in your cycle is the best way to improve your chances of getting pregnant
. Many women ovulate about two weeks from the date of their last period, but this does not hold true for everyone. Some women have different or unpredictable cycles
, so it can be more difficult to gauge.Ovulation is the time in your cycle when the ovary releases a mature egg that is ready to be fertilized. Right before ovulation is the optimal time to try to conceive.One of the simplest ways to calculate your ovulation times is through the use of an ovulation calendar. An ovulation calendar
will help you predict your most fertile days of the month so that you are able to better plan your pregnancy.Other ways of identifying when you are ovulating is to pay attention to the signals your body give you. You may notice some cramping to one side of your abdomen, and the discharge of more cervical mucus
when you are ovulating. You may also experience a slight spike in your basal body temperature
. Paying attention to these signals over time will make you better able to predict when ovulation is imminent.Of course, if you do not want to time intercourse or plot ovulation, you can just be sure to have sex every one to three days
2. Cut back on the caffeine
More research needs to be done on this topic, but some studies have shown a link between caffeine consumption and the ability to conceive. Try consuming less than 300 milligrams each day. It is a good time to start cutting back gradually anyway as you will have to drastically reduce caffeine intake during pregnancy
3. Spend more time in the sun
Is it a coincidence that many women seem to conceive on vacation? This phenomenon may be caused by a variety of things, free time included, but we cannot discount the power of the sun's rays. The body uses them to create vitamin D, which plays a role in hormone production.
4. Consider losing or gaining weight
If your weight puts you into the category of obese, it may be blocking your chances of becoming pregnant. The same holds true for women who are under weight. This is because body fat produces hormones that affect your menstrual cycle
. So, if your body mass index (BMI) is over 30 or under 20, make an effort to get yourself to a healthier weight – especially while trying to conceive.
5. Reduce stress
Reducing stress can increase ovarian activity, which may increase your chances of getting pregnant. Consider yoga or meditation. Most importantly, try to relax and enjoy the journey. Baby making should be fun!