Trying for a baby can be both exciting and daunting. Contrary to popular belief, it can take couples up to a year to conceive when they are actively trying to get pregnant.
If you want to speed up the process and increase your likelihood of falling pregnant, there are things you can do to prepare your body for a baby. Here, we look at some of the best ways to prepare your body for a successful pregnancy…
Speak to a fertility specialist
If you are planning on starting a family but you’re struggling to conceive, it is worthwhile speaking to a fertility specialist. At SureScan, we offer in-depth fertility check-ups to determine why you might be struggling to conceive.
There are a huge number of reasons why couples struggle to conceive. Whatever the problem may be, there are effective treatment options to help you achieve your dream of starting a family.
Understand your menstrual cycle
Having a good understanding of your menstrual cycle is one way to increase your chances of falling pregnant. During each cycle, you have six fertile days which typically fall before and on the day of ovulation.
There are some great apps you can use to track your menstrual cycle. This will help you to see when you are at your most fertile.
According to the NHS, smoking can reduce fertility in women, reducing the quality of their eggs. Smoking is also linked to poor sperm health and early menopause. If you currently smoke, quitting will help to increase your fertility, and prevent long-term damage.
If you need help to quit, there are some excellent resources on the NHS website.
Eat well and exercise regularly
Both men and women who are looking to boost their chance of conceiving can benefit from a healthy diet and regular exercise. Women can take folic acid to increase their chances of falling pregnant, and both sexes should increase their intake of folate, which is the natural form of folic acid. Foods such as brown rice and green leafy vegetables are packed full of folate.
Exercising regularly can help to keep your weight under control, which will also aid in fertility. Obesity and being overweight can decrease your chances of conceiving. It can play havoc with your periods, which ultimately impacts your chances of getting pregnant.
Finally, if you stand any chance of conceiving, you need to keep your stress levels to a minimum. This is often easier said than done, especially if you are stressed because you aren’t falling pregnant. The trouble is, when you are stressed your sex drive can decrease. It can also cause issues within your relationship. Spend time together where you can just relax and have fun. If possible, get away for a few days to truly switch off and relax.
The advice above will help you to prepare your body for a baby and increase your chances of getting pregnant. However, if nothing you try is working, it could be an indicator of a deeper issue. Book an appointment with one of our friendly fertility specialists today.