How to Increase Cervical Mucus

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If you are looking to become pregnant, you may have read or been told that your cervical mucus is an important process to get pregnant. While a lack or low supply of this element will not completely keep you from getting pregnant, it is important nonetheless and can actually help you get pregnant quickly.

The reason that cervical mucus is so important is because it plays a huge role in the transportation and protection of the sperm while it is trying to reach the egg. Without quality cervical mucus, the sperm will be forced to make the journey on their own and it will be much harder for them to get where they need to go.

1. Healthy Cervical Mucus

Typically, as you reach ovulation, your cervical mucus will thin out. More than likely you will read that healthy cervical mucus should resemble egg whites. This is a fantastic way for you to know that you are ovulating and will allow you to know that you are ready to conceive.
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This healthy mucus is perfect for the sperm and it is important that you have intercourse when it is present. However, many women do not create enough or are not creating it at all. For these women, it then becomes necessary to find ways to improve their cervical mucus in order to make the conception process easier and more likely to happen.

2. How to improve your cervical mucus

 Stay Hydrated

There are a number of ways that you can improve your cervical mucus, many of which can be done naturally without the aid of a doctor. First, it is important that you cut down on the caffeine intake that you consume.

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Caffeine is already on the bad list when it comes to pregnancies, but it can also hinder you from getting pregnant in the first place. Caffeine actually makes you dehydrated and can cut down on the fluids in your body, including cervical mucus.

Since you are in need of fluids to keep your cervical mucus healthy, you also need to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. This is an important step in staying hydrated and keeping all your reproductive organs functioning properly. It also helps improve your cervical mucus by adding to the overall fluid levels in your body.

Get in shape

Getting in shape and eating healthy is also a natural part of the pregnancy and conception process. You are already going to be required to eat a healthy diet when you are pregnant, so it doesn’t hurt to start now. Plus the added nutrients that you are taking in now are great for your future unborn baby as well as the health of your body and your cervical mucus.

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Also, by maintaining a healthy weight you will be able to keep your body functioning properly and your hormone levels intact. This will help keep your cervical mucus healthy and perfect for sperm to get to their destination.

Take your vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are crucial during pregnancy, but they can also help when you are trying to get pregnant. Vitamins such as Vitamin C and over the counter supplements such as primrose oil have been proven especially successful in this area and are known for the positive effects that they have on your cervical mucus.

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These vitamins are also a great way to prepare your body for the physical toll that pregnancy will place it in. You will learn that your body needs these extra elements in order to remain healthy throughout this process and keep both you and your baby free from sickness.

3. Conclusion

While healthy cervical mucus is not a requirement of getting pregnant, it is definitely something that can help your cause. Be sure to talk over any issues that you may be having with your doctor so that he can be aware of any medical situations that should be addressed.

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If you find that you are still not able to get pregnant after implementing the necessary steps, it is good to seek medical attention so that you can begin finding alternative methods of becoming pregnant. Some women find that they need the additional assistance to conceive and typically are able to after they have taken medication for three cycles. For best results, seek medical attention if you have been trying to get pregnant for longer than a year.

Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.