What trying to get pregnant tips are you using these days? Real moms share
Maureen Stephens, RN writes:
If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, you may be asking why is it that some people conceive with little difficulty and some do not. Sometimes the secret can be as simple as following a few helpful trying to conceive tips to increase your chances of having a baby.
Tip #1: Am I ovulating? - If you are experiencing irregular periods, you may not be ovulating. One way to identify whether you're ovulating is that there will be a noticeable change in your cervical mucus (CM) midway through your menstrual cycle. Your CM will be thin, watery and clear similar to the consistency of raw egg white, sometimes referred to as "egg-white" cervical mucus. Other signs can include tenderness in the breasts, cramps, and changes to your basal body temperature (BBT).
One way to test whether you are ovulating is you can purchase an ovulation predictor kit (OPKs) from the drugstore. An ovulation test can measure the ovulation release hormone in your urine. The best time to test is usually between 10am and noon and it's a good idea to test at the same time each day. Receive Your 20 FREE Pregnancy Tests ($72 value)!
If you get a positive result from the opk during your first month of use, then you know that you are ovulating. If three consecutive cycles pass without a positive result, it may be an indication that you are not ovulating and you may need to consult your doctor.
Tip #2: A few extra pounds - One way you can help induce ovulation is by putting on a few extra pounds or losing a few pounds. Being too thin or too overweight can cause disruption to your normal menstrual cycles. Studies have found that a little extra body fat can actually help produce and store estrogen, the hormone that prepares the body for trying to get pregnant.
Tip #3: Easy on the exercise - When it comes to exercising while trying to get pregnant, be sure not to overdo it. Intensive exercise can cause you to lose too much body fat and actually cause you to stop ovulating. According to a recent study, women who were trying to conceive for the first time, who regularly participated in intense exercise for at least one hour each day increased their chances for infertility by 50%.
Tip #4: Timing is everything - If you're ovulating regularly while actively trying to get pregnant, and are still not able to conceive, it may be that you are not timing intercourse around your most fertile days. You can predict the date of your next menstrual period and count backwards by 14 days. Then, time intercourse every evening from day 11 through day 16. Alternatively, you can use an ovulation test kit, which will predict when you ovulate between 24 and 36 hours in advance. If you get a positive test result, be sure to have sex that night and the following night.
Tip #5: Starbucks and chocolate - Sounds yummy, doesn't it? But if you regularly enjoy a caffe latte, you should know that more than one cup of coffee per day, can hurt your chances of trying to get pregnant fast. When you're trying to conceive, try to limit the amount of caffeine intake from chocolate, soft drinks, and coffee. According to a recent study, women who consumed more than one cup of coffee daily were half as likely to get pregnant as those who consumed less.
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