Most Common Baby Making Mistakes

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Trying to conceive. You would think that it would be super easy, but that is not always the case. The truth is, many couples who are trying to conceive are actually making some common baby making mistakes. Read on to find out what those mistakes are and to avoid making them yourself.

1. Not Knowing Your Fertile Days

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Having sex to get pregnant when you don’t know your fertile days is nothing but a shot in the dark. The single best way to improve your chances of getting pregnant is to find out when you are fertile and make sure to have sex on those days. You can find out when your fertile days are by using an ovulation predictor kit, charting your basal body temperature, learning to take note of your cervical mucus, or even by using a fertility charting app or online program.

2. Making Bad Lifestyle Choices

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Making bad lifestyle choices is something that many couples do, and they don’t realize how badly it could affect their fertility. Smoking, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs are all things that can really put a damper on fertility. Same goes for eating an unhealthy diet full of processed foods. Not getting enough sleep and living a stressful life are also things that could contribute to fertility issues. Couples need to make sure they are making the best possible lifestyle choices for their situations.

3. Not Timing Sex Right

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Even though couples know when they are fertile, they might not be having sex at the right times to get pregnant. Many couples think that they should only have sex on ovulation day, but that is not always true. Since sperm can live longer than the egg, sometimes doctors recommend having sex a day or two before ovulation so that the sperm can be ready and waiting to fertilize the egg when it is released. Some couples have sex multiple times during the fertile period to try to maximize their chances of getting pregnant.

4. Waiting Too Long To Get Help

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Some couples don’t realize that they should actually be seeking fertility help when they should, and they wait too long to see a doctor. The rule of thumb to remember? If you are over 35, seek help if you haven’t gotten pregnant within six months of trying. If you are under 35, seek help if it’s been more than a year of trying. Don’t feel bad or upset about seeking help if you are having fertility issues, it can be a great and helpful thing to do.

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.