Trying to get pregnant? Top 10 tips for women to conceive naturally without IVF Newcastle
To optimise women’s chances of fertility, taking better care of their bodies is a good first step. But what else can women do to improve their odds of having a baby?
The most important advice for a woman who wants to get pregnant is to get to know her body, specifically her menstrual cycle.
Here are 10 tips that may help increase a healthy woman’s chances of becoming pregnant.
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Record menstrual cycle frequency
A woman who wants to have a baby should monitor whether the first days of her periods tend to come the same number of days apart every month, which is considered regular. Conversely, her periods may be irregular, meaning her cycle lengths vary from month to month. By tracking this information on a calendar, a woman can better predict when she might be ovulating, which is the time when her ovaries will release an egg every month.
A woman’s egg is fertile for only 12 to 24 hours after its release. However, a man’s sperm can survive in a woman’s body for up to five days.
Women with regular cycles ovulate about two weeks before the arrival of their periods. It’s harder to predict ovulation in women with irregular cycles, but it usually occurs 12 to 16 days before the start of her next period.
There are several methods women can use to help determine their most fertile days each month.
Home ovulation-prediction kits can take some of the guesswork out of figuring out when a woman is ovulating. Sold online, the kits test urine for luteinizing hormone, a substance whose levels increase each month during ovulation and cause the ovaries to release an egg.
Another method to predict ovulation is to track cervical mucus, which involves a woman regularly checking both the amount and appearance of mucus in her vagina. Just before ovulation when a woman is most fertile, the amount of mucus increases and it also becomes thinner, clearer and more slippery. When cervical mucus becomes more slippery, it can help sperm make its way to the egg. A study published found that women who checked their cervical mucus consistently were 2.3 times more likely to get pregnant over a six-month period.
Have sex every other day during the fertile window
The “fertile window” spans a six-day interval, the five days prior to ovulation and the day of it. These are the days each month when a woman is most fertile.
Some women are turning to new technology tools, such as fertility tracking apps and websites, to help them keep tabs on when they may be more likely to conceive, but the apps may not be that accurate.
There are plenty of common misconceptions and old wives’ tales about conception. For example, there’s no evidence that sex position will influence a couple’s chances of having a baby, nor does a woman lying on her back for a certain amount of time after intercourse increase the odds of conceiving, or by simply relaxing.
Strive for a healthy body weight
Being too heavy can reduce a woman’s odds of conceiving, but being too thin can make it even harder to have a baby.
Having too much body fat produces excess estrogen, which can interfere with ovulation. Losing 5 to 10 percent of body weight before a woman starts trying to get pregnant could improve her fertility.
Women who are too thin might not be getting regular periods or could stop ovulating.
Take a prenatal vitamin
It is recommended that women who are attempting to conceive start taking a prenatal vitamin even before becoming pregnant. This way a woman can find one that’s more agreeable to her system and stay on it during pregnancy.
Getting a head start on folate acid and vitamin D supplementation is a good idea because the neural tube develops into the brain and spine 3 to 4 weeks after conception occurs, before many women may realise they’re expecting.
Eat healthy foods
Although there may not be a specific fertility-promoting diet, eating a variety of healthy foods can help prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy by giving her adequate stores of critical nutrients such as calcium, protein and iron. This means eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, dairy and healthy sources of fat.
Besides taking a supplement containing folate acid and Vitamin D, a woman can also obtain this B vitamin from foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, fortified breads and cereals, beans, citrus fruits and orange juice.
Also, go easy on caffeine: Consuming more than 500 milligrams of caffeine a day has been linked with a decrease in fertility in women. Having 1 to 2 cups of coffee, or less than 250 mg of caffeine, per day before becoming pregnant appears to have no impact on the likelihood of conception.
Cut back on strenuous workouts
Being physically active most days of the week can help a woman’s body prepare for the demands of pregnancy and labour. But getting too much exercise or doing frequent strenuous workouts could interfere with ovulation. Working to strengthen your core prepares your body for pregnancy and labour.
Doctors see a lot of menstrual disturbances in women who exercise heavily, and a lot of times these women need to cut back on their workouts if they want to become pregnant.
The Department of Health (DoE) recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate cardio activity per week, and. strength exercises on 2 of more days per week that work all the major muscles.
Be aware of fertility declines
As women get older their fertility decreases because of age-related changes in the ovaries that cause a decline in the quantity and quality of her eggs. With advancing age, there’s also an increased risk for some health problems, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis and blockage of the fallopian tubes, which can contribute to a loss of fertility.
There’s a gradual fertility decline in women beginning in their 30s, a sharper decline after age 37 and a steep decline after age 40, These declines mean it may take longer to become pregnant.
Kick the smoking and drinking habits
Smoking can lead to fertility problems in both women and men. Chemicals found in cigarette smoke, such as nicotine and carbon monoxide, speed up the loss rate of a woman’s eggs.
Smoking ages a woman’s ovaries and depletes her supply of eggs prematurely, according to the Mayo Clinic.
It’s also a good idea for women to stay away from secondhand smoke, which may affect their chances of becoming pregnant. Marijuana and other recreational drug use should also be avoided while trying to conceive.
It’s safest for a woman to avoid alcohol when she is hoping to become pregnant. A woman should also stop consuming alcohol if she stops using birth control because she wants to get pregnant.
Drinking alcohol at moderate (one to two drinks per day) or heavy levels (more than two drinks per day) can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant, according to The College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Once a woman becomes pregnant, there’s no safe amount of alcohol.
Know when to seek help
It is recommended that you have cervical screening test if you are aged 25-49 you should have a screening test every 3 years. It is best to get tested before your intention to get pregnant as it can make the results of your tests harder to interpret.
Both the woman and the man should consider having an infertility evaluation if the woman is 35 or older and has not become pregnant after six months of having sex regularly without using birth control.
It is recommended that a woman who is under 35 and her partner should consult a fertility specialist if she has failed to become pregnant after one year of having unprotected intercourse on a regular basis.
Other IVF key Factors
Are your MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccinations up to date? This will protect you and your baby, especially during the early stages.
Have a STD (Sexual Transmitted Disease) checkup. sexual transmitted infections can affect your fertility as well as any future pregnancy and baby.
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