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September 06, 2019

7 Ways to Increase Your Fertility Chances




One of the most exciting times in anyone’s life is welcoming a new member to the family. Even though this act has been repeated billions over time over the course of humanity, news of a bundle of joy still sparks happiness and smiles from everyone.

But unlike Saturday morning cartoons, welcoming a baby into your family is much more difficult than waiting for a stork to drop one off at your front door. As a couple, there are plenty of things you can be doing in order to increase the chances of becoming pregnant.

Check out some pieces of advice below so you can go ahead and get started.

Visit Your Doctor

Your doctor is bound to have plenty of pieces of advice and can answer any questions you may throw their way. Feel free to ask for literature and see what they recommend when it comes to your next steps.

They could advise you on diet or exercise plans that are better suited to you as a patient, instead of a blanket plan.

Follow an Ovulation Calendar

While becoming pregnant doesn’t always fall on a certain day, there are days during your ovulation cycle that will give you a better chance at becoming pregnant.

You can determine the length of your cycle and find out the times when you’re at your most fertile. There are plenty of options for this, either tracking it on your own or downloading an app to your phone.

Make sure you’re having sex during the days when you’re most fertile, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a positive result after the first time. Only 30% of women get pregnant during the first cycle, with the chances increasing more and more with each passing cycle.

Change Your Diet

Another way to increase your fertility chances is to change your diet and health habits. If you’re a smoker, it’s time to stop. If you’re a heavy drinker, you might want to take a big cutback.

Start eating less processed foods and more leafy greens, fresh fruit, and healthy snacks. Your partner should try and follow your diet too, not just so you don’t feel alone, but it’s also in his best interest to try and be as healthy as possible.

Speaking of your partner…

Your Partner’s Habits

Your partner can also change some of his habits to help with the process. He can start exercising more regularly, relieve stress, take vitamins, and eat healthy as well.

You both can exercise together and make sure you’re getting plenty of time in the sun, absorbing all of that lovely vitamin D.

When it comes to his specific actions, make sure he’s not wearing any super tight, restrictive clothing (no matter how much in fashion it is) or that area is being subjected to extremely high or low temperatures.

While you may not think of any examples off the bat, there is one common culprit: laptops. Make sure he’s keeping that laptop on a desk or table and not on his lap.

Drink Well

Eight glasses of water a day keeps the doctor away! While that phrase doesn’t sound as nice as its apple counterpart, it is in your best interest to drink plenty of water during the day. You can measure this by watching your urine color, making sure it is a light yellow.

In addition to drinking water, cut down on caffeine. A cup of coffee isn’t the end of the world, but caffeine dehydrates you quickly and too much can have negative effects on your system.

Visit a Clinic

Sometimes, even if you’re following everything by the book, it just isn’t happening. Some couples may consider it embarrassing to meet with a clinic, but there’s no shame in asking for help.

Clinics can provide IVF options or advise you on different procedures or processes you can undertake as a couple to increase your chances. It never hurts to gain a second opinion.

Exercise

If you’re already following an exercise plan then you should stick to it. If not, then you should make sure you’re walking at least for one hour every day and moving your body.

This isn’t time to push your body into overdrive if you’ve been skipping workouts here and there, but you should definitely be moving and performing physical activity each and every day. A healthy diet and regular exercise will help you maintain a steady weight, which is equally important as well.








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