20:58 9th February 2016 | Conception
Conceiving naturally is the ideal way of getting pregnant and there are several things you can do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant this way. First of all,make sure that you are in the best of health. Get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly. Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables and stop smoking. Take your vitamins and enjoy life with your partner. If you have any niggly health problems, visit your doctor and get them sorted out.
If you do all this, how long will it take for you to become pregnant? There is no simple answer. It depends on your age and how long you’ve been trying to get pregnant. You and your partner have the best chance of conceiving during the first 3 months of having regular, unprotected sex. If you are under 30 years old, you have a 20 to 37 percent chance of becoming pregnant during this time.
This brings me to another point. How often should you have intercourse? The answer is at least every one to two days during your 6-day fertile window period,which begins 14 days after the start of your last menstrual period. Your vagina secretions start to increase 5-6 days before you ovulate and peak 2-3 days before ovulation. Take note of when this happens and have plenty of sex during this time. You could also ask your doctor for a urinary ovulation predictor kit and ask him to tell you how to use it.
I should add that there are no special ways of improving your chances of getting pregnant when having sex. It doesn’t matter what position you use or if you have an orgasm or not but you should avoid using lubricants which may affect the movement of the sperm.
Is there anything I shouldn’t eat? Fertility is decreased in women who are very thin or obese but there is no evidence that dietary variations affect women who are of normal weight and having regular periods. However, mercury, which is found in some sea foods, can affect your fertility and are best avoided. The obvious things like smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, too much coffee and recreational drugs are definitely to be avoided. Not only do they affect your general health but they are all associated with reduced fertility. Be sensible and do everything you can to help yourself conceive naturally and read more here
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