Baby obsession: 5 sneaky trying to conceive tips you need in your life
Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD writes:
When you decide that the time is right for you to try for a baby, there are a few trying to conceive tips you should know that will greatly improve your chances of conception.
Following these tips to conceive can help make the process easier and less stressful for you and your significant other. By keeping an eye out for any of these telltale signs, you'll know when it's time to consult a medical professional.
Tip #1: Am I ovulating? -When it comes to tips to conceive, you should always start by determining whether you are successfully ovulating. If your cervical mucus (CM) does not show signs of change in its appearance and texture or your periods are irregular, you may not be regularly ovulating. If this is the case, you can use an ovulation predictor kit, Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests ($72 value), to pinpoint when you are ovulating.
An ovulation predictor test (OPK) will detect the luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine and help you to determine your most fertile time. When taking an ovulation test, it is always best to test at the same time every day, usually in the morning hours shortly after you wake. If you find that your test readings are inconclusive for at least 3 months of testing, and you have ruled out a defective test, you should consult with your physician to see if you may not be ovulating at all.
Tip #2: Be proactive - For women who are 35 years or older, you should consult the advice of your doctor if you have been trying to conceive for one year without success. If you are under 35 years old, the rule of thumb is if successful pregnancy hasn't been achieved by 6 months, it's time to see your doctor.
Tip #3: Consider adding a little extra weight - Trouble trying to conceive? Of all the trying to conceive tips this one may sound counterintuitive, but you may want to consider adding a few pounds if you are a bit underweight. The reason for this is because adding body fat can have the result of producing and storing more estrogen which is the hormone that prepares your body for getting pregnant. However, if you’re like most of us girls who find ourselves struggling with our weight, you should try to lose a few pounds, since that extra weight will store excess estrogen that can play tricks with your regular menstrual cycle. Keep your weight between 95-120% of your ideal body weight and your body will thank you when it comes to trying to conceive.
Tip #4: Calm blue ocean - You should know that as far as trying to conceive tips go, this one is sometimes easier said than done. But know that stress can affect your fertility in a big way. If most days, you find yourself pulling your hair out, it's time to put on your comfy pants, kick your feet up and R-E-L-A-X. Go get a pedicure, maybe a massage, or just shut the door to a quiet room and listen to some easy-listening music to unwind. Trying to conceive can be stressful enough as it is. Make sure you are taking care of yourself mind and body.
Tip #5: Don't move - After lovemaking, follow this tip for conceiving - stay put. That's right, it's always a good idea to sit tight to give sperm and egg time to do their magic. Laying down in a recline position with your legs elevated slightly will put gravity on your side. 15-20 minutes should do the trick.
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