Planning for a baby is a big decision and it may leave you confused about various aspects of the process. With a little change in your lifestyle, you can easily improve your chances of getting pregnant.
Deciding on planning for a baby can fill your mind with many questions such as how long does it take to conceive, when is the best time to get pregnant etc. These queries can trouble your thoughts and lead to stress that can interfere with conception. The best way to deal with this problem is to acquaint yourself with optimum information and not get stressed over the issue.
Trying to Conceive? Tips for Couples
Menstrual cycle has a major role to play in conception. A cycle usually occurs after 21 to 35 days. If your cycle varies in length by a few days to a month or so, then it is considered irregular. However, it is common and does not mean that anything is seriously wrong. Periods can be regularised through medication after consulting a gynaecologist.
Another thing to keep in mind is frequency of intercourse. It is best to have regular intercourse as it not only keeps you fertile, but also increases the chances of conceiving. However, on the days other than that of ovulation, the opportunity for a sperm to fertilise an egg is quite low. It is only during the four to five days of the month, when you are in your prime stage of ovulation period, that the chances of conception are maximum.
Go off birth control pills (BCP's):
In case you are on contraceptive pills, it is time to stop having them. The sooner you are off the pills, the higher are your chances of getting pregnant. However, considering the odds, it may take you a few months to get back to normal ovulation phase, needed for conceiving. Women who conceive immediately after going off the contraceptive pills are as likely to have a healthy baby as those who took a gap between going off pills and conceiving.
Reducing alcohol and smoking:
Since you are looking forward to conceiving, you and your partner need to cut down or preferably stop consuming alcohol and smoking. These habits can affect the eggs in your ovaries and your partner's ability to produce healthy sperms. Excess of both increase the risk of birth defects, miscarriage, pre-term labour and other health conditions after you have conceived.
Factors that affect the probability of getting pregnant
There are only 15% to 25% chances that you may conceive during any given month. Certainly there are some factors that affect the odds:
Age plays an important role when it comes to conceiving. After you reach 30, the chances of getting pregnant reduce, but do not end. However, they decrease drastically after 35 as the number of eggs produced in the uterus are considerably reduced. Still, it doesn’t mean that you cannot get pregnant after 35. With a healthy lifestyle and guidance from your caregiver, you can plan for a healthy pregnancy, even after 35.
Irregular menstrual cycle:
An irregular menstrual cycle makes it difficult for you to figure out when you will ovulate and when is the right time to try for a baby. It also disrupts the time of release of the egg from the ovary, making it difficult for you to realise the perfect time for getting pregnant.
Frequency of physical intimacy matters a lot. Increase the number of intercourse in a week as it improves your chances of getting pregnant. It is important to have intercourse around your mid cycle.
If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year now without a positive result, your chances of getting pregnant naturally are low. It is possible that you or your partner might be facing some infertility problems. Consult a doctor as soon as possible.
Since you have decided to get pregnant, it is time to take care of your health for an easy pregnancy and a healthy child.
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