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Looking to Get Pregnant? Read This Article First

June 20, 2018
Katie Visco

Motherhood is a blessing like no other. The mark you leave on your children will last a lifetime. Religious leader and educator Harold B. Lee even once said that “The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” It’s no wonder so many couples are looking to get pregnant. In fact, that’s probably why you’re reading our guide to achieving a successful pregnancy!

  • Preparing for pregnancy 101
  • Wanna get pregnant? Here’s how (turns out a stork doesn’t deliver a baby to your doorstep)
  • When to look into further treatment to conceive

Preparing for pregnancy 101

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First things first, congratulations on embarking on the journey of a lifetime! Motherhood is a big task to undertake, so it only makes sense that you would use everything at your disposal to successfully prepare for it.

To begin, schedule an appointment with your physician. While there, he or she will go over your health, as well as your partner’s, history, and answer any questions you may have. According to Michele Hakakha, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., author of Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy, “Meeting with your ob-gyn is an important first step for couples planning to conceive. It’s a time when patients can sit down with their practitioners to go over key issues to ensure a healthy start to a pregnancy.”

Make sure you bring a list of your family history, including information about possible genetic issues or inherited diseases, medications you are taking, and records from previous physician visits. Your physician will also want to know if you’ve experienced gynecological issues including diabetes, a miscarriage, or preeclampsia. Everyday habits are also an important aspect to factor in, as bad ones such as smoking or drinking can affect developing babies.

Don’t be afraid to ask your physician any questions you may have about conceiving, no matter how silly they may sound to you.

Did you know you can start taking prenatal vitamins up to three months before attempting to conceive? Experts say that taking a prenatal vitamin containing 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid every day will lower your child’s risk of developing brain and spine defects. Eating a nutritionally dense diet and avoiding fruits and vegetables that contain the highest rates of pesticides when grown conventionally will also help you prepare for a successful pregnancy. And of course, once you are ready to begin your pregnancy journey, remember to stop taking birth control.

Wanna get pregnant? Here’s how.

Turns out a stork doesn’t deliver a baby to your doorstep

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Tip #1: know your menstrual cycle. The average fertile window lasts from five to six days in the middle of one’s cycle. So, a woman with a 28-day cycle will often ovulate on day 14. However, every woman is different in her own respect, so you need to chart your own cycle to keep track of your fertile days. For a throwback to your seventh-grade sex-ed classes, remember that, once an egg is released from your ovary, it will only survive for 12 to 24 hours. Therefore, it must meet the sperm within that time frame in order to be fertilized. Luckily, sperm can live up to five days in your body.

And, thanks to modern-day technology, figuring out your most fertile time just got easier. To test whether or not you are fertile, purchase either an ovulation strip or a fertility monitor. We at eIVF especially love the Clearblue fertility monitor, which identifies fertile days specific to your hormone cycle rather than the average woman’s. Less invasive methods, such as apps like Glow and Kindara, as well as wearable devices like Ava can also help you determine the best times to attempt conception.

In the meantime, dad can help out by improving his fitness and nutrition (obesity in men is linked to a decrease in sperm production) as well as increasing his vitamin C and vitamin E intake. He should also stop smoking and ditch the briefs (Doing so will boost his fertility).

When to look into further treatment to conceive

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While some couples look to conceive naturally, there are various reasons why others choose to use different methods. Alternatives include in vitro fertilization (IVF), the fertilization of an egg by a sperm outside the body, or intrauterine insemination (IUI), the placing of sperm inside a woman’s uterus. Couples may choose to use IVF if the husband has a low sperm count, if the wife has problems with her fallopian tubes, or if they want to avoid the risk of passing inherited genetic disorders to their children. If both the husband and the wife have fertility issues, they can use donated eggs and sperm. People undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy will often have their eggs or sperm frozen so they can use them in IVF once their treatment is finished.

If you and your physician end up deciding that undergoing IVF is the best option for you, he or she will refer you to a fertility specialist or IVF clinic.

Of course, there is also natural insemination, the use of the internet to meet up with a stranger and make a baby. Vice calls it “sperm donation for the Tinder generation.”

Whatever method you choose to get pregnant, eIVF is here for you every step of the way. How else is the next generation of people going to come to fruition?

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