If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year and unable to do so then you are one of up to 15 percent of American couples who are infertile according to the Mayo Clinic. The reasons for infertility can be numerous but there are things you can do both naturally and medically that can encourage both you and your partner’s bodies to have an easier time of conceiving a child. Here are some steps you can take that can help improve your chances of having a baby.
Eating and nutrition can have a bearing on whether or not it is easier for you to get pregnant. WebMD states that Harvard studies have identified some eating habits that can help your body with ovulation and conception. Eating fewer trans fats and more monounsaturated fats can help as well as increasing vegetable protein and reducing animal proteins such as red meat can help. High fiber and low dairy diets can also improve fertility.
Being the proper weight is also essential to conception. Having a very high body mass index or very low body mass index not only can be disruptive to ovulation but also throw your natural hormone levels out of whack in women.
Stress is never good and the connection between a stress response and your body is well documented. Keeping fit with exercise not only helps control your weight but can also be a stress reliever at the same time.
WebMD talks about the benefits of acupuncture and fertility. The reason is that acupuncture in general can help fertility is because of its stress relieving properties in conjunction with other stress reducers such as yoga and massage.
Targeted sexual activity can also increase your chances of getting pregnant. Having sex while you are ovulating can certainly make your chances of getting pregnant better and there are many home ovulation tests you can take to help you determine what the best time for intercourse may be.
Moderate exercise can get the blood flowing and keep your body healthier in general. MSNBC touts that a 30-minute walk per day can keep you in better shape for getting pregnant.
Eliminating alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine are all good ideas since they regulate how fast or slow your body systems work. Any sudden elevation or depression of your body’s natural rhythms can throw off all of your systems including the ones for ovulation and pregnancy.
Drugs are usually prescribed by doctors on a case-by-case basis and only if other treatments have failed. Fertility drugs are designed to specifically regulate ovulation and egg production and include drugs for ovulation disorders or hormone therapy to help regulate body processes in women easier and stimulate ovulation.
Some vitamins can help sperm motility in men but studies are inconclusive in general. Vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, and folic acid can all help sperm move better towards the egg and increase your chances for getting pregnant.
Sex drive is certainly something that can boost fertility chances. The more sex you have the more chances you have of getting pregnant. Make being intimate an all-night event. That’s not to say you should be like rabbits but certainly having a romantic dinner and lots of foreplay beforehand can certainly encourage each other to have sex more often when you are trying to get pregnant.
This article is for informational purposes only. If you are having trouble conceiving a baby then you should consult with your physician.