Most people tend to think that having sex and getting pregnant are synonymous. However, there are a lot more factors involved. One has to realize that getting pregnant can take a day, or can span across months and even years. It all depends on the people involved and it is important to not get frustrated if you do not receive positive results as soon as you hoped. All you can do is keep trying and hope for the best. These are a few tips that are believed to help improve conception.
The female body is characterized by immense hormone changes throughout the month, so finding the right time to indulge in intercourse can most definitely enhance the chances of having a baby. Ovulation is when the mature egg is released and moves down the fallopian tube. The egg can be fertilized by a sperm and the fertilized egg continues to move down the tube. The best time to have sex is a week or few days before your ovulation. The sperm can stay alive in the tubes for about four to five days, making fertilization easier. If you’re lucky to have regular menstrual cycles, you would ovulate two weeks before your period. Which means that it would be best to have sex a few days before that. You could use an ovulation predictor kit to help find the days most suited for conception. They work the same way as a pregnancy test and are available at almost every pharmacy.
Quit smoking and drinking
Smoking has plenty of side effects that we all know of. One of them also happens to be a low sperm count in men and reduced fertility in women. So if you’re trying to conceive, it would be a good time to drop the habit. The same goes for the consumption of alcohol.
Studies suggest that women who undertake less strenuous exercise have higher chances of getting pregnant than women who indulge in hardcore workout sessions more than five times a week. So it’s good to keep your body in shape but within limits.
Studies also suggest that obese or overweight men have a lesser concentration span as well as low sperm count. Men who are lazy and watch 20 hours of television a week are also said to have a 44% lower sperm count than those who don’t spend so much time in front of the TV, as suggested by a Harvard Study.
Stress may be a mental phenomenon and quite difficult to control. It takes a while to even realize that you’re under stress. It’s very important to relax and find a way to de-stress as too much stress may cause you to have irregular periods, making it more difficult to find the right time to conceive. In extreme cases, you may simply stop ovulating, making it nearly impossible to get pregnant.