Getting Pregnant, Conception And Pregnancy Tips

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1. Help Getting Pregnant

When you are trying to get pregnant, it might feel like you have a list a mile long of things you should and should not do to help you get pregnant. It can be a lot for any woman to digest. It is very hard to keep track of all the things that can help you to get pregnant.

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Doctors recommend that if you are under 35 that you try for an entire year to get pregnant before seeking fertility help, and for women over age 35 the recommendation is six months. So, what do you do during that time to try to help yourself get pregnant without doctor intervention? Read on for some helpful tips.

2. Change Your Diet

One of the most beneficial things you can do for your fertility is to change your diet and make sure that you are eating a healthy and well balanced diet. Opt for diets high in whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean meats and dairy products. Stay away from overly processed foods, junk foods, and empty calories like sugary snacks and drinks.

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3. Lose Weight, If Needed

Experts say that if you are overweight, losing as little as five pounds can go a long way towards improving your fertility. If you are really overweight, imagine what losing more than that could do for you!

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It is good for your body to be in shape even if you are not trying to conceive, but if you are, it is imperative. Try to engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.

4. Stop Smoking

Smoking makes it harder to conceive, so if you light up, consider quitting. Same thing goes for illegal drugs usage, and cutting back on the alcohol too. All of these things can harm your fertility, so make sure that you are doing everything in your power to make it easier.

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5. Vitamin Time

If you don’t already, consider taking a prenatal vitamin, even before you get pregnant. Taking a prenatal vitamin can help get your body in the best possible shape to get pregnant, and if you do conceive, vitamins can give your baby a boost in early pregnancy. Especially consider folic acid as a supplement, as it is very beneficial to babies during early pregnancy.

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6. Track Your Cycles

Another very important part of getting pregnant is knowing when your most fertile days are. You can only know this if you have been charting and tracking your cycles. It is very important to find out this information.

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You can track your cycles using a basal body thermometer, an ovulation predictor kit, or paying attention to your cervical mucus. Make sure that you find a way that works for you, because without knowing when you are ovulating, your journey of conception is nothing but a crapshoot.

Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.