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Tips to Incease Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

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You're probably asking yourself, "How can I get pregnant?" But conceiving is more than just about reproduction, it's about being the healthiest you can be for your pregnancy and, in turn, helping you have a full-term pregnancy. In fact, the healthier you are can increase chances to conceive.

Help Me Get Pregnant! Tips to Improve Your Health

  • Daily Supplements. Besides a good multivitamin and vitamin D, folic acid is strongly recommended by the Department of Health. Advise your doctor first but experts recommend you should take a 400 mg dose every day for three months before you conceive and the initial 12 weeks of your pregnancy. Folic acid offers a variety of benefits including reducing infant risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida.

  • Quit Smoking. Cigarette smoking not only impacts a woman's egg quality but a man's sperm quality, meaning lower production. Smoking is also one of the main causes of low birth weight and early menopause, which damages your ovaries. The most common sense thing to do is quit now.  

  • Immunizations. You may not think that those immunizations as a kid could come back but they can, particularly Rubella (German Measles). This particular immunity can wear off and cause serious harm to you and your unborn child. Talk to your doctor and find out what your Rubella status is. You may need another round of vaccination.

  • Healthy Body Weight. Overweight women with a body mass index of 29 of higher, tend to have a tougher time getting pregnant. If you are on the other end of the scale and are underweight, this can also cause difficulty conceiving. The key is estrogen and how it relates to your ovulation, and regular ovulation can increase chances to conceive. Eating well and regular exercise are good before, during, and after pregnancy.

  • Male Partners Should Be Healthy Too. Weight can be as big a factor for men as it is for women. A lower sperm count can be attributed to being overweight or having a body mass index of less than 20.

  • Nutrition. It might seem like common sense, but many women fail to eat a balanced diet before they conceive and during their pregnancy. It's important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. You should also look at reducing how much sugar and saturated fat are in your food.

  • Relax. It may be easier said than done but the best thing you can do to help yourself get pregnant is to chill out. It's best to maintain that mantra throughout your pregnancy, too. While stress is a regular part of life, you can increase chances to conceive by staying calm. Find what makes you feel centered and focus on that.

 
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