Have you and your partner recently decided to have a baby? If so, you might already be working at trying to become pregnant. However, if you want to increase your odds for becoming pregnant, there are steps you can take to prime your body for conception and pregnancy.
Here are five effective ways to prepare your body for conception and pregnancy.
1. Educate yourself about the female anatomy
Many individuals understand the basics about how the female anatomy works, but you can gain an advantage by knowing when your body is at its most fertile. Take time to learn about how to monitor your body basal temperature (BBT), and how to chart your menstruation cycle so you can pinpoint the best days on which to try to conceive. The most important fact to know is that around 14 days after your period starts, your ovaries will release an egg that starts traveling toward your uterus. If sperm is in your body and meets up with the egg, you will most likely become pregnant.
2. Familiarize yourself with the odds
Don’t worry too much if you don’t become pregnant right away. In most cases, your body is fertile for about three days each month, and sperm have to fertilize your egg at some point within that timeframe. Most OB-GYNs recommend that you try to conceive for one year before seeking help from a fertility specialist, but if you’re over the age of 35, you may want to visit your doctor after six months of trying to conceive.
3. Take prenatal vitamins
Prenatal vitamins aren’t just for when you’re pregnant. If you’re trying to conceive, start taking prenatal vitamins immediately, or for at least two months before you start trying for a baby. Some women take at least 400 mcg of folic acid every day for as long as a year or two in advance before trying to conceive. Folic acid has been shown to help reduce the risk for neural tube defects in baby, and can be found in foods such as orange juice, strawberries, spinach, and black beans.
4. Visit your OB-GYN for a checkup
Schedule an appointment for a checkup with your OB-GYN prior to your trying to conceive. Your doctor will perform an evaluation, and review your medical history to determine whether there are any road bumps that could interfere with your ability to become pregnant. During your appointment, ask your OB-GYN any questions you have about pregnancy. Your doctor may also discuss the importance of fitness, nutrition, and other lifestyle factors.
5. Have fun with your partner in the bedroom
Most health care professionals recommend having fun while trying to conceive, since a relaxed, fun atmosphere could indirectly increase your odds for conception, especially when no stress is involved. To increase your odds of becoming pregnant, have sex during the three days before you ovulate, and tilt your pelvis slightly following sex to help sperm swim toward your cervix. Avoid using sexual lubricant, and focus on achieving orgasm, which can also help encourage sperm to reach its destination.
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