If you are currently trying to get pregnant, but you have not been able to conceive, there are certain things you need to know in order to improve your odds. Many people are very fortunate in that they have no problem at all becoming pregnant, sometimes with the first try. Each woman is different, as well as the man, and these factors can play a large role in whether or not a pregnancy will occur. Here are five tips that you should know on how to improve your odds of becoming pregnant if you have not yet been able to conceive.
When Do You Ovulate?
The very first question you need to ask yourself is when you are ovulating each month. This is perhaps the biggest so-called secret in regard to improving your odds of becoming pregnant. Most women, under normal circumstances, will release an egg during their menstrual cycle. There are only a couple days during each cycle were having sexual intercourse can lead to a pregnancy. Once you are able to determine when you ovulate, you can choose the most appropriate time in order to have sex. The best way to determine when ovulation is occurring is to count backwards 12 days, and then another four, from the date of your next period. Another way to do this is to track and chart specific types of body signals such as vaginal discharge which can clue you in as to when the ovulation period began. By using these simple tips, it will be easy to pick the right couple days to have sex, increasing your chances of getting pregnant. As a general rule, three days prior to ovulation is the best time to start having sex. This will give both of you at least a six-day window to conceive a child that month.
Male Sperm Count
One problem that many people do not discuss is whether or not the man is actually producing enough sperm. If the male does not have enough sperm with each ejaculation, the possibility of inseminating the egg will diminish greatly. Another problem that men can have is that they’re sperm will actually clump together, making it virtually impossible for the sperm to reach the egg. For some reason, men will tend to believe that the reason the woman is not getting pregnant has to do with the problem that she is having and may not have their sperm count checked. If it is checked, and everything is functioning properly, and sperm counts are at nominal levels, then research can resume as to why the pregnancy is not occurring.
Create Super Sperm
One other problem that a man might have is that his sperm may not be quite up to par. There are certain things that you can do, in regard to the food that you eat and the drinks that you consume, that can actually affect how diligent the sperm will be. To increase the probability of getting pregnant, and to maximize the amount of sperm and their capabilities of getting to the egg, the following precautions need to be taken in order to provide the best possible chance for the sperm to do their job. If you drink lots of alcohol, perhaps a sixpack at night, that is a habit you have to stop. Of course, you can do this while the woman is not ovulating, but a couple days before, and during ovulation, drinking alcohol should not happen. If you are a smoker, or if you do recreational drugs, this also needs to stop. Tobacco is one of the primary sources for free radicals which are known to reduce sperm counts. You also need to take a proper amount of vitamins and minerals to give yourself the best possible chance of producing ample amounts of sperm. Key nutrients that are needed by the body to produce sperm include vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, folic acid and most importantly zinc. This will allow the sperm to be extremely strong and energized, allowing them to wriggle their way to their destination. Finally, the worst thing you can do is to sit in a hot tub, take long baths, or sit in a sauna while ovulation is occurring. Heat kills sperm, and since your testicles are going to function best at temperatures of about 95°F, going into these warmer places is going to diminish your sperm count dramatically. Now that you know what to avoid if you are a man, and also what you need to do, in order to improve your overall sperm count during ovulation, let’s look at what the woman should do right after ejaculation has occurred to increase the probability of getting pregnant.
Laying Down After Sex
Studies have actually shown that women, even those that are artificially inseminated with sperm, have a 50% higher chance of actually conceding if they remain in a horizontal position. Studies have also shown that the woman must lie flat on her back for at least 15 minutes once intercourse is complete. This will give the sperm the most ample chance of finding the egg opposed to her standing up and the effects of gravity taking hold. This is something that should be part of your planning, something that your partner should also be privy to. If you are both on the same page, and both of you have the same goal of getting pregnant, the horizontal position strategy is something that he will definitely support, giving both of you the best chance to expect a beautiful baby nine months into the future.
There are many other strategies that can be used, but these three are the best. The ability to conceive a child is a wondrous occasion, and will allow a couple to finally have a family. There is nothing like having a baby boy or a baby girl that you have to take care of, a person that will become a very important part of your life. By taking these extra steps to ensure that a pregnancy will occur, a small family in the future will definitely be a goal that you will realize.