|Trouble Conceiving on Apr 14, 2015 @ 09:53 am|
Trying to conceive (or "TTC" as parents-to-be call it) is not just a matter of making love every other day and happily finding a plus sign on the pee stick at the end of the month.According to one study, about 20% of moms-in-waiting are still unsuccessful after six months of trying. Speaking from personal experience, this can be very demoralizing.
So what can you do to increase your chances of conceiving more quickly? Reducing alcohol intake, quitting smoking and drug use, maintaining a healthy body weight, and eating a well-rounded diet are obvious, but here are a few more tips you probably didn't know:
Tips for Her
#1 - Know when you ovulate! This can be one of the most important steps to success, and it's not one-size-fits-all. See what our reviewers had to say about the First Response Digital Ovulation Test (which tracks your personal Luteinizing Hormone levels instead of basing it on an arbitrary average).
#2 - We already pointed out that a healthy Body Mass Index is important, but did you know that being underweight can be worse than overweight for conceiving? According to WebMDand other sources, women with a BMI under 19 may take four times as long to conceive compared to just twice as long for a BMI over 25. A BMI of 19-25 is considered ideal for conceiving. (BMI calculator)
#3 - Limit caffeine to 200-250 mg per day. Consider your serving size (do you drink from a large travel mug or a small coffee cup?) and remember that caffeine can be found in many unexpected places, including soda beverages (not just the cola varieties!), coffee flavoured ice creams, chocolate, certain medications, "energizing" drinks and snacks, and more.
#4 - The Missionary Position! Lying on your back during sex and even putting a pillow under your hips immediately afterward tilts your pelvis up to let gravity lend a helping hand.
#5 - Mood and mental health is a no-brainer, if you'll pardon the pun. Depression can play a role in lowered fertility, and covering up during chilly winter months also means you're getting less Vitamin D (which is a natural mood-booster). Consider taking a daily supplement and/or getting outside more often on those sunny days.
#6 - Avoid BPA, a hormone mimic which can disrupt hormonal balance and can be found in food and beverage packaging and containers. In addition to interfering with conception, it's believed BPA may raise your risk of a miscarriage (source: FamilyEducation.com).
Tips for Him
#7 - Although not definitively proven, many sources recommend that men avoid hot tubs, saunas, and hot baths since heat kills sperm (testicles function best at 94 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit, a couple of degrees cooler than normal body temperature). Cyclists who spend hours each day on the bike have a similar problem: those tight bike shorts keep the temperature up, plus the strain of riding can injure scrotum and testes.
#8 - Certain antibiotics, high blood pressure medications and other drugs used to treat diseases like fungal infections, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, peptic ulcers, and seizurescan affect a man's fertility. Tell your doctor you are trying to start a family and ask if a different medication which won't lower your fertility can effectively treat your condition.
#9 - Know your workplace risks! Exposure to some common industrial and hobby compounds can affect the quality of sperm.
#10 - Folic acid is not just for moms-to-be. Fathers can benefit from stronger sperm countswith a folic acid supplement. Zinc is also a micronutrient to watch. Limit your soy intake, too: it's an "environmental estrogen".
#11 - Naturally you know to avoid spermicidal lubricants, but did you know some other types of lubricants can affect motility? Some household products might be good substitutes.
Do you have any fertility booster secrets to share? Let us know in the comments!
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This was taken right here from the ChickAdvisor Blog I don't know if you seen it but Good Luck I never had any children of my own. but I pray it happens for you.
|Trouble Conceiving on Jun 27, 2015 @ 04:14 pm|
I had trouble conceiving my second baby. With my first, I was pregnant within the first month, but we tried for almost a year with my second.
Ovulation kits actually did work for us - I found out quickly that I wasn't actually ovulating every cycle, which gave me reason why I was having such a hard time getting pregnant. For the months I was ovulating, it let me know the best time to try and conceive. Luckily for us, it happened within about 5 months of using the ovulation kits. They're worth a shot :) Good luck to you!
|OPKs on Jul 12, 2015 @ 11:14 pm|
Ovulation predictor kits are definitely worth it - Wondfo brand is very affordable - I was not keen on their pregnancy tests but the ovulation ones worked great.
I also used folic acid for several months prior to trying. My dr also told me if we were to try for a while with no success she would send me for bloodwork to check on hormone levels but it was not needed.
I am not sure if it helped, but I drank lots of red raspberry leaf tea - it's supposed to condition the uterus but I have no idea if there is really anything scientifically proven (beware it has to be red raspberry leaf tea, not just raspberry tea, and you have to stop once you are in the TWW, it's one of those stop and go things). I love tea so thought why not give it a shot.
I was told that if you have been trying for a year (if you are below 35) or if you are 35 or above and have been trying for 6 months with no success definitely check with your doctor. It's not uncommon to have cycles without ovulation, and sometimes even "silly" stuff such as lower iron levels might cause issues...and only doctor can figure that out. I was lucky to conceive naturally but one of my friends was trying for more than five years and had to go the IVF route due to issues with her hormones and it worked for her.
If you have any questions pls let me know...and best of luck :)
|oh on Jul 12, 2015 @ 11:18 pm|
And one more thing that again I have no idea if it helped or not, but there is a lubricant called Pre-Seed. It mimics natural environment inside you and it's supposed to help the little buggers move forward and keep them alive a tiny bit longer. Some women have troubles with pH in that area and this lube helps with it.