While we all want a chubby baby to play with and watch grow, we also need to understand that planning for a baby is not always as fast as we would like it to be. It is often assumed that having a baby is just sex and fun, but there are also some precautions which have to be taken.
In today’s day and age, it is often forgotten that stress plays a major role in the Conception of a baby. Women, like men suffer from infertility due to stress-related issues. Don’t lose heart if conception does not happen within the first two months. Here are some tips to speed up the process.
1. Have sex closer to ovulation
It is highly recommended that you have sex closer to your time of Ovulation. This is because the egg is closer to the fallopian tube making it more likely to fuse with the sperm upon entry into the vagina. Ovulation period lasts only for five days in a month, and so it is important to track it to increase the likelihood of conception. The sperm can live in the body for five days and so, have sex closer to the fertile window with the 12 to 24 hours before ovulation for successful fertilization.
Ovulation occurs on the 14th day of a 28-day menstrual cycle. You can keep an alarm on your phone and download a tracker to keep track of this period. You can also use an ovulation predictor kit or basal thermometer. Some physical changes to observe during this period are:
- Vaginal discharge, which is clear and slippery
- Increased sexual urges and fantasies
- Cervix will be centrally aligned
- Tenderness of breasts
- Spotting with a dull pain in the lower abdomen
2. Try having sex missionary or doggy style
While little to no information is available on how sex poses help in conception, it has been said that the missionary and doggy poses are ideal for conception as the route through the vagina for the sperm to reach the egg is closer.
Nevertheless, you do not have to stop enjoying your favorite sex positions as every pose has its own efficiency.
03. Avoid aspirins and steroids
Certain medications can make it more difficult for women to conceive. Women are recommended to visit a doctor while planning for a baby, if they consume the following types of medication.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Neuroleptic medicines
- Anabolic steroids
- Male reproductive organ drugs
- Any form of psychological or psychiatric drugs
- Medication for fungal infections
4. Quit smoking, drinking and caffeine
If only having a baby was as easy as it is in movies where binge drinking is shown. The increase of alcohol in the body actually thins blood leading to erections being short-lived, and for women, the chances of conceiving are decreased. If you wish to conceive, both partners should stop alcohol consumption. This will increase their chances of conception.
However, do not increase your caffeine consumption to compensate for alcohol. It’s best to stick to juices and water instead. You may limit caffeine to two cups a day.
It is best to quit smoking during the time of conception not only for better chances of conception but also to ensure a healthy child.
5. Eat the right foods for female fertility
Eating right helps the body leaps and bounds. While aphrodisiacs help in love making, eat more fruits and vegetables to be more likely to conceive.
- Unsaturated vegetable oils found naturally in nuts and seeds
- Fish oils such as those found in salmon and sardines
- Protein rich vegetables like beans and peas
- Carbohydrate-rich foods
- Calcium rich foods
- Multivitamins such as iron and folic acid
- Iron rich vegetables like spinach and beetroot
Women should avoid eating foods which are high in sugar content, trans fats and processed foods. Also, try to keep your weight at an optimum level. Exercise also helps in keeping your mind clear and body healthy.
6. Get the right nutrients for sperm health
Fertility is not restricted to women alone. Men have their share of work as well. In order to have healthy successful swimmers, men need to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Some nutrients that help in the production and quality of semen are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Foods containing soya should be avoided as they tend to slow down the sperm. At times they may also destroy the sperm.
7. Be open with your gynaecologist about your medical history
Always be transparent with your gynecologist regarding yours and your partner’s health. This will ensure that you receive the best advice.
Follow the above guidelines carefully. Visit your doctor for more information, and you’ll be a step closer to your journey into parenthood.
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