Last updated date: 29-Nov-2021
Originally Written in English
How to Get Pregnant – 10 Tried and Tested Tips
Okay, so the moment in your life has finally arrived that you have decided that it’s time to start a family, which means trying for a baby.
On TV and in the movies, couples decide to try for a baby and within a matter of days, weeks at the most, they announce the happy news and 9 months later they welcome a baby into the world and live happily ever after.
While that is the perfect scenario, life isn’t always that black and white and sometimes getting pregnant requires a great deal more time and effort.
Becoming parents is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your lives, but the road to parenthood isn’t always smooth and straightforward. If you find that you’re struggling to conceive and are desperate for your own little bundle of joy, there are things you can do to boost your chances.
Here’s a look at several tried and tested tips to help you become pregnant.
Speak to a fertility clinic
One of the best things you can do to maximize your chances of becoming pregnant is to speak to a fertility clinic and seek expert advice.
Overseas fertility clinics have proved hugely popular over the last decade, so it’s certainly speaking to experts and seeing what they have to say on the matter.
Seeking out a fertility clinic is important because not only can they offer you tips and advice like what we’ve included in this article, but they will also be able to check your fertility levels to help rule infertility issues out.
A fertility clinic will run various tests to determine how fertile each of you is, plus, as mentioned, they’ll be able to diagnose or rule out any potential infertility issues and offer you help, support, advice, and guidance along the way.
Clean up your diet
This goes for you and your partner, but when it comes to conceiving a child, diet can be so important in terms of fertility.
For men, foods rich in protein, healthy fats, and minerals such as zinc are very important as they can help to boost testosterone which can then boost the libido and improve fertility
For women, fresh and healthy produce loaded full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is also important as this can assist with ovulation and the regulation of female sexual health hormones too.
Have your thyroid tested
Okay, this should be covered by the fertility clinic, but just to be safe, another very important consideration when it comes to getting pregnant is the health of your thyroid gland.
If you have an underactive thyroid, this will not only reduce your chances of becoming pregnant, but it will also increase your chances of miscarriage if you do fall pregnant.
A lot of doctors won’t ordinarily check thyroid levels so make a point of requesting this if you are struggling to conceive. If nothing else, it will help you to rule out any thyroid issues in the future.
Stop using contraception in advance
As far as contraception for a guy goes, you don’t need to plan in advance. Female contraception for example, can be a whole other matter entirely.
If you take the pill, stop taking it several weeks before you plan on trying to conceive, just to help give your body time to recover and rebalance itself. If however, you have the contraceptive implant, you should get it removed months in advance as hormones can still stay in your body after the implant has been removed, and it can take your body several weeks/months to get everything regulated and in order.
Whether you take the pill, have the coil, the implant, receive injections, or are on any other form of contraception, the longer you can leave it between coming off of your contraception and starting to seriously try to conceive, the better.
Have sex at the right time
Now, to some people, there is no wrong time to have sex, yet if you’re trying to conceive, the time in which you do choose to be intimate could make all the difference.
Each month of the year, there are only a select few days in which a woman could become pregnant while she’s ovulating, so obviously having sex on these days will drastically increase your chances of conceiving.
In an ideal world we’d all be at it like rabbits and would be intimate several times a day, but the real world isn’t like it is in movies. We find ourselves growing tired, sometimes we lose our sex drives, we suffer with stress, headaches, and other ailments, and sometimes we’re just not in the mood to hve sex every day.
The best way of determining whether or not you are ovulating is to track your ovulations via an ovulation test so that you can accurately monitor your monthly cycle length, and the dates in which you are ovulating, rather than simply trying to just guess.
Try to get fit before you conceive
Another very useful tip for anybody looking to increase their chances of getting pregnant is to get fit before you conceive.
As you can imagine, becoming pregnant will put a huge amount of strain on your body and staying fit and active during pregnancy is essential for healthy development of your unborn child and for your own health too.
If you are fit and active before you become pregnant, staying active while pregnant will become much easier. Not only that, but studies have found that being overweight can reduce your chances of conceiving, and being a healthy weight can increase your chances of conceiving.
Clean up your lifestyle
Another hugely important consideration when it comes to getting pregnant is your lifestyle.
We’ve spoke about the importance of a good diet and plenty of exercise, but what about the unhealthy vices that some of us indulge in? Well, unfortunately, if you do wish to become pregnant, you will need to clean up your lifestyle and ideally cut any unhealthy vices out of your life.
Binge drinking, smoking, and using recreational drugs for example, are all bad for you and will all drastically reduce your chances of conceiving.
Drinking, smoking, or using recreational drugs during a pregnancy will not only damage your baby’s health and development, it could also increase your chances of miscarriage, and nobody trying to conceive wants that.
We understand that these vices are addictive and they can be tough to quit, so if you do plan on trying for a baby, we recommend that you try to quit these vices before you begin to seriously try and conceive.
Supplement with folic acid
Another very useful tip for anybody looking to increase their chances of becoming pregnant is to supplement with folic acid.
Folic acid has been found to help to reduce neural tube defects in unborn children such as conditions like Spina Bifida.
Health experts recommend that women looking to conceive should supplement with 400 micrograms of folic acid every single day, at least three months before you plan on trying to start your family, lasting up until the first trimester of your pregnancy.
Folic acid is found in a variety of foods including red meat, oily fish, seafood, dairy, and fortified grains and cereals, so consider adding these to your diet as well as taking folic acid in supplement form.
Have sex early in the morning
Most people tend to associate sexual intercourse with night time, and while you can still very easily get pregnant by having sex at night on the right days, studies have found that early morning sex is the optimal time for some nookie.
Experts recommend having sex between 7 and 9 AM. The reason for this is because this is when a man is at his most fertile, and obviously the more fertile he is, the greater your chances will be of failing pregnant.
The thing about trying for a baby is ha everybody is different, and consequently our bodies all behave in different ways. Some couples trying to get pregnant will get pregnant very quickly, yet others may find it takes weeks, months, or even years. Some will sadly not conceive at all.
If you are hoping for a baby, one of the most important things to remember is not to rush, and to take your time.
If you rush you’ll put yourselves under stress and pressure, which could ironically affect sexual performance, plus it could reduce your fertility levels because you’ll be producing stress hormones such as cortisol.
Instead, take your time, accept that there is no rush and it could take a long time to conceive, and then simply go with the flow as it were. This way the both of you, and your relationship will not be placed under any stress or pressure, which will make you happier and boost your chances of getting the news you’ve always wanted.