There are only a few days out of each month where a woman can conceive. No matter where you are on your journey to becoming pregnant, there are many simple ways to boost your fertility. Try these tips to increase your pregnancy chances, and remember to breathe and enjoy the process as much as possible.
How to Increase Your Chances Of Pregnancy
1. Maintain A Healthy Body
Stick to a well-rounded, nutrient-dense diet and moderate exercise regimen that keeps your body weight in check. The healthier you are, the better prepared your body is to conceive. Consume whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats instead of heavily-processed or sugary options, and opt for low-impact exercises that don’t overly stress the body, such as yoga, pilates, swimming, biking, and walking. Additionally, avoid alcohol and tobacco use to further improve your health.
2. Track Your Ovulation Cycle
Purchase an ovulation predictor kit to track your cycles. These kits are similar to pregnancy tests since they require urine to detect hormonal changes indicating ovulation. The best times to conceive are five days before you ovulate, the day of ovulation, and the day after. Also track your cycle by paying attention to cervical mucus, as you produce more when your estrogen levels rise due to ovarian follicle development. Plan to have sex every day until ovulation, or when the mucus becomes sticky and cloudy-looking.
3. Avoid Certain Lubricants
Refrain from using lubricants during sex, as their thickness slows down sperm. Saliva also decreases sperm mobility. If you don’t want to give up lubricant use, opt for pre-seed or canola oil, neither of which are thick enough to create problems.
4. Relieve Stress
Spend some quiet time alone, as stress hormones such as cortisol have a disruptive effect on ovulation hormones. Use pilates or yoga as opportunities to de-stress, or try breathing and meditation exercises. Spend time laughing with your family and friends, and remember to keep sex fun, even if you are on an ovulation schedule.
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