It can be very trying for couples who have been trying to conceive without much success. However, there are 10 simple tricks that can help increase your chances of conceiving.
- Lie flat on your back
To increase your chances of getting pregnant after sex, you have to lie flat on your back for at least 30 minutes to allow the sperm flow to your womb easily. This method has worked for some women.
- Avoid rushing to urinate
Don’t rush to the bathroom before coming back to lie on your back after sex if you are trying to conceive. You have to wait for 20 to 30 minutes to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Not urinating immediately after sex, can help your sperm remain longer within your system. You may reduce your chances of conceiving if you rush to the bathroom.
- Take a Prenatal Vitamin
Taking prenatal vitamins helps provide your body with enough folic acid and many essential nutrients to prep your body for the arrival of a baby. Consult your doctor to decide on the best prenatal vitamin for you.
- Eat Healthy Foods
The body of every woman needs a healthy diet to support a pregnancy. A healthy diet consists of protein, fiber, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals such as calcium and iron. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grain, lean protein and healthy fats. Also, you have to consume foods rich in folic acid such as broccoli, dark vegetables, beans, and citrus fruits.
- Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight or underweight can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Consult your doctor on the ideal weight to enhance fertility and work towards it.
- Avoid vigorous activities/exercises
Exercise is good for health no doubt. However, some studies indicate that strenuous exercise might affect a woman’s chances of conceiving. To increase your chances of getting pregnant, you can engage in milder forms of workouts instead.
- Avoid alcohol and cigarettes
Women trying to conceive should avoid taking alcohol, coffee, and smoking cigarettes. Also studies show that drinking beyond 500mg of caffeine daily decreases fertility.
- Engage in frequent sex
According to researchers, the sperm count may increase when a man does not have sex for a week, but the quality of the sperm may be lower. Engaging in frequent sex increases the chances of getting pregnant. However, doing it everyday may be too stressful for some people. Experts recommends having sex every other day as well as doing it every day for couples trying to conceive.
- Use good lubricants
The type of lubricant you use can affect your chances of getting pregnant fast. Experts recommends natural oil based lubricants such as canola oil, peanut oil, and baby oil. Water based lubricants such as Astroglide, KY Jelly, and Touch may decrease your chances of conception by inhibiting sperm movement.
- Know your fertile window
The fertile window is a six-day period before and up to ovulation. Engaging in sex within this fertile period, and especially within the three days before ovulation can increase your chances of conception. Keep track of your cycle; ovulation normally occurs around 14 days before the next menstrual flow.