Written by: Cally Worden
When you are desperate to conceive any suggestions on how to increase your chances are welcome. We’ve compiled a helpful checklist of tips for getting pregnant. Time to go forth and multiply!
1: Have More Sex
Seems obvious, right? But having more sex takes effort and regular sessions in the sack can often fall by the wayside when life is busy. To maximise your chance of conceiving, experts recommend that your make love every two-three days. Sperm can live for up to 72 hours in the woman’s body, so keeping the stock topped up will help ensure that whenever ovulation takes place there is a little sperm cell just waiting to jump in.
2: Know Your Body Cycle
We are all told that ovulation occurs on day 14 of the menstrual cycle. For many women this is true, but for a significant percentage of women it isn’t. If you are timing your sex-sessions based on the 14-day ‘norm’ you may be missing a trick. Signs of ovulation include a pain or cramp in one side, and a change in consistency of cervical mucus – it becomes thin and slippery. Take note of any such changes in your body, and you are more likely to be able to pinpoint your most fertile time.
3: Take a Chill Pill
Not literally of course, that really wouldn’t help. But while temperature testers and ovulation test sticks have their place, but be careful not to become too obsessed – this is meant to be fun too, and stress can decrease your chances of successful conception. Try yoga or pilates, and find time in your daily routine to relax. All these little things can help make the magic happen.
4: Watch Your Weight
We all know that maintaining a healthy BMI is good for our bodies. It limits the strain placed on our bones, reduces the risk of things like diabetes and can also keep problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome at bay – this condition is associated with hormone imbalances that can affect fertility levels and increase the risk of miscarriage.
5: Ditch the Drink
A study in the British Medical Journal showed that when women limit their weekly alcohol intake to just 5 units, they are twice as likely to get pregnant within six months than those who are imbibing more. That’s a compelling statistic, based on a study of 400 couples who were trying to conceive for the first time. It’s unwise to drink during pregnancy anyway, so why not wean yourself off the alcohol in advance?
6: Position it Right
The good old Missionary Position is considered to be the most helpful for encouraging sperm to travel through the cervix. There is no scientific evidence to support this, but it seems logical. Many women also swear by the idea of raising their legs in the air immediately after sex, to stop the sperm escaping before they had a chance to make a break for the cervix. Worked for me!
7: Promote Healthy Sperm
Loose boxers or tight pants? What should a thinking man who is looking to make a baby wear? There is no compelling evidence in favour of either style assisting conception, but it’s true that keeping the testicles at moderate temperatures can keep sperm production consistent. Excessive exposure to heat from steam rooms, hot tubs, long distance driving and so on, has been shown to affect the quality of sperm, so men should be encouraged to stay cool and loose.
8: Bring it Forward
Getting pregnant is easier before the age of 35. Fact. But life doesn’t always allow us to run our lives according to facts like that. If you are in a position to try for a baby before the age of 35 then your chances of conception increase. Leaving it later doesn’t mean you won’t conceive, just that the likelihood that your fertility levels begin to decline, which obviously affects your chances of making a baby the older you get.