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 boost odds of getting pregnant.
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 before their next period, but this does not hold true for everyone.
Ovulation is the time in your cycle when an ovary releases a mature egg that is ready to be fertilized by sperm. Right before ovulation is the optimal time to try to conceive. See the journey of sperm.
One of the simplest ways to calculate your ovulation times is through tracking your cycle. Ovulation Calendar will help you predict your most fertile days of your cycle so that you are able to better plan when to have sex.
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 more cervical mucus when you are ovulating. See our infographic about the signs of ovulation for more info.
You should also experience a slight rise in your basal body temperature after ovulation. 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.
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.
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.
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 normal menstrual cycle. So, if your body mass index (BMI) is over 24.9 or under 18.5, make an effort to get yourself to a healthier weight – especially while trying to conceive.
Reducing stress can increase ovarian activity, which may increase your chances of getting pregnant. Consider yoga or meditation. See How Can Stress Affect My Chances of Getting Pregnant for more info. Most importantly, try to relax and enjoy the journey. Baby making should be fun!