For many women, the journey of trying to become pregnant can be one of the most nerve-wracking and frustrating experiences of your life. If you've been struggling to conceive a baby or you're thinking about starting the process, keep reading.
We're here with Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D to give you some empowering tips for conceiving.
1. Get off the pill a decent amount of time before trying to conceive.
The longer you've been off birth control, the greater chance you have of getting pregnant. A good rule of thumb is to stop taking it for three months if you've been on it for less than a year, and six months if you've been on it for over a year.
2. Track your ovulation cycle.
Figuring out your fertile window is super beneficial. About two-thirds of women under 35 who are aware of their five-day window have success in their first month of trying to have a baby. Try checking out different trackers, monitors, or ovulation predictor kits.
3. Have your male partner get a sperm analysis.
The sperm factor of conceiving comprises nearly half of all fertility issues, so it could be worth checking out.
4. Adjust your diet.
Incorporating fertility-boosting foods into your diet such as veggies, fruits, whole grains, fish, soy foods, and olive oil could help you see results. Take care of your body and avoid trans-fats and hydrogenated oil.
5. Take vitamins.
Many studies have proven that taking prenatal vitamins with crucial nutrients like folic acid, vitamin B6, and omega 3 fatty acids increase your chances of achieving pregnancy. They are also linked to developing better embryos in IVF, and decreasing the risk of birth defects in babies.
6. Cut caffeine.
Consuming 2-5 cups of coffee a day drops your fertility by 12 percent! Instead of relying on caffeine to give you energy throughout the day, make sure you get a full eight hours of sleep instead. This will enhance your mood and your health.
7. Soak up sunshine
Sunlight causes your body to generate vitamin D, which has been linked to fertility. Soaking up the rays for just 15 minutes a day could do wonders for you.
8. If you think you're pregnant, don't wait to take a test.
The earlier you know you're having a baby the better, so don't hesitate to take a test. Once you know, you can begin making the healthiest pregnancy choices possible for yourself and your future baby.