Now you are actively trying, there will be a few weeks between trying for a baby and knowing if you have conceived. During this period, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
When it comes to maximising your chances of conception, good health and good timing can make all the difference
- FOR YOU – Stress can have a negative effect when you are trying to conceive. Stay relaxed by taking time out for yourself each day.
- FOR HIM – Get your spouse to keep cool by wearing boxer shorts for optimum sperm quality. Sports such as cycling can build up heat in his testes, so get him to swim instead.
- PLAN AHEAD – There are two days in each cycle when a woman is at her most fertile stage, and you can easily identify these days in advance with an ovulation test kit.
A healthy body makes a healthy baby
It is important to maintain a healthy diet prior to your conception as well as during your pregnancy. Here is a guide to what you should and should not consume.
- Carry on taking your supplement containing 400mcg of folic acid as this continues to be important for at least the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
- Taking enough B vitamins is equally important as they help protect your baby against birth defects such as spina bifida. B vitamins are found in foods such as green leafy vegetables and fortified breakfast cereals. However, it is hard to get sufficient B vitamins through diet alone, which is why you are recommended to take supplements.
- Eat iron-rich foods every day to help the placenta grow. These include lean meats, iron-fortified breakfast cereals and breads, beans and lentils, dark green vegetables and dried fruits.
- Eat lots of healthy fruit and vegetables to boost your vitamins intake.
- Consume wholegrain breads and cereals to get sufficient carbohydrate that gives you the energy you need.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially if the weather is hot. Aim for eight glasses of water a day.
- Hygiene during food preparation is equally important. Wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly, ensure meat is well cooked.
- Take regular, gentle exercise as it may help to relieve early pregnancy symptoms.
Are you having enough sex?
The first thing you need to do is to have sex regularly with your spouse. Once in a blue moon — even if it is at the right time, won’t necessarily be enough to give you the baby you dream of. Many couples lead busy lives, working 12 hours a day. They are absolutely exhausted and just not having enough sex. Sperm live for days, while an egg has just 24 hours.
So try to have sex at least three or four times a week, so that when you do ovulate, the sperm is there, readily waiting to pounce on your egg.