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“Don’t just keep putting it off!” My mother kept repeating. “Your circumstances are never perfect for a child. You just have to make it when it is time and be grateful! ”Well, maybe she’s right. I was now 32 years old. I thought it was time enough, but the clock started ticking harder and faster. We had been married for four years and did not use contraception. I thought it was enough, but there was no pregnancy. I heard painful stories from friends who only finally got pregnant after years of attempts and sometimes even medical interventions. Or the sorrow of my dear previous neighbor who only started ‘trying’ after she was 35 and who never succeeded. She also reminded me: “Start NOW! Work hard on it! Don’t leave it to fate. ”I was flung so much with this message that it almost seemed like a warning from the universe. My husband also thought that we had waited long enough, so we started Project Baby. He was particularly concerned that his intense way of life and exposure to dangerous chemicals when he was still in the army would have a negative effect on fertility. I started to read like crazy in scientific articles about fertility to increase our chance of success. For details visit over the counter fertility drugs at walmart.
Track your cycle
The majority of women nowadays use hormonal contraception. This means you no longer have a natural cycle and ovulation. Many women therefore do not recognize what happens to their body when they stop taking birth control. Becoming aware of this again is an important step to becoming pregnant quickly. Use menstrual calendar apps or websites to keep track of when and for how long you menstruate. For example, your natural cycle may not last 28 days, but shorter or longer. That in turn affects when your fertile period is. With these apps you can also often keep track of your temperature and other information such as about your discharge.
Keep track of your temperature
With the temperature method you measure your temperature around the same time every day, before you get out of bed, preferably with a digital thermometer. You start measuring on the first day of your period. After ovulation, your body temperature jumps about 0.2 degrees, so you know when you ovulated. So past time. It is a great way to gain insight into your cycle if you keep track of it, but I personally found this to be too time-consuming and cumbersome. My preference is for the separation method, because then you know exactly when you are actively ovulating.
Follow your separation
With a natural cycle, your separation changes texture. As you get closer to your ovulation, your excretion becomes thinner and smoother due to the increase in estrogen. This makes it easier for sperm to swim to the egg. When the egg comes loose, the increase in progesterone causes your discharge to become thicker again, so that no new sperm can reach it. According to a study by the University of North Carolina, women who monitored their discharge were 2.3 times more likely to get pregnant.
It is very simple to do:
- Wash your hands.
- Go into your vagina with your index or middle finger.
- Try to get as much separation as possible on your finger. Stir well!
- Check the consistency of your discharge between your finger and thumb.
- Inspect what your discharge looks like.
In your fertile period you usually get more secretions and resemble raw protein in terms of consistency and color: a bit whitish transparent and sticky. You can even take it a few centimeters apart without breaking it.
This is the time to go for it!
Use an ovulation test
In addition to the above methods, you can also confirm with an ovulation test whether you are indeed fertile. Ovulation tests are very accurate, but not cheap. So by first keeping an eye on your separation, you can at least better estimate when you can use the test and save a lot of money.
Getting pregnant tip 2: better take semen with an orgasm
Although an orgasm is not essential, it is a nice way to possibly increase your chance of conception. According to the most popular theory , your body ‘sucks up’ more sperm during an orgasm and your body retains the sperm better after an orgasm, which gives you a better chance of becoming pregnant. Timing is important here. According to British biologists Robin Baker and Mark Bellis, you only hold more sperm if you have an orgasm one minute before or up to 45 minutes after your partner has ejaculated. Earlier or longer thereafter, much less sperm is retained.
Getting pregnant tip 3: use a suitable lubricant
If you use lubricant, then its ingredients can unfortunately make it harder for the sperm cells to reach their destination. Most types of lubricant contain ingredients that are toxic to sperm cells or disrupt your cervical mucus. The best lubricant is of course foreplay. If you can do without it and you want to become pregnant, take extra time for cuddling, foreplay, etc. But for those who, unfortunately, are not enough, there are fortunately special sperm-friendly lubricants on the market. A product that I can recommend is Yes Baby, a natural and completely organic lubricant that has the correct PH value and composition so that the sperm is not obstructed or killed. Each package also has 5 ovulation tests, so you don’t have to buy them separately. The packages are sent from the UK and arrive quickly. For orders over 50 euros you pay no shipping costs.
Getting pregnant tip 4: be open for your pregnancy
This is perhaps a crazy tip, because you obviously do not read this article for nothing! Yet we sometimes have unconscious emotional or mental blockages that may also hinder a pregnancy. For example, are you worried that you will not become a good parent? Or that you pass on negative patterns of your parents to your own children? Are you worried that your situation is not going well? Your house is too small or you don’t have enough money? That your relationship won’t survive? According to the bhaji tradition, the path that I practice, we all have lessons that we must learn in this life to develop ourselves. When a soul decides to incarnate, it chooses the parents and circumstances needed to learn those lessons. Forgive yourself for your shortcomings and accept that your life will never be perfect for a child. Work on yourself, meditate, strengthen your intuition, talk to friends about it, pour your heart out anonymously in online forums or consult a qualified therapist. The fact that you very consciously want to conceive a child already creates a loving atmosphere in which the soul of your future child will feel welcome.
Getting pregnant tip 5: caffeine cap
Many people are quite addicted to caffeine, often without realizing it at all. A glass of cola here, a cup of coffee there, another piece of chocolate or a cup of tea … You are soon at 150-250 mg of caffeine per day. And then hope that you do not use energy drinks, because each of them often contains more than that. Unfortunately, various studies have shown that caffeine negatively affects the chance of getting pregnant and staying pregnant. Women who ingest more than 200mg of caffeine in one day are more than twice as likely to have a miscarriage. It also often takes women longer to get pregnant when using the caffeine. According to a study, the chance of getting pregnant halves when a woman drinks more than one cup of coffee a day. In another study on women undergoing IVF treatment, even a small amount per day (50 mg) already had a negative effect on the result of becoming and staying pregnant. The how and what is not yet fully known, but scientists suspect that caffeine has a negative effect on egg cell formation and maturation. In addition, the baby also receives caffeine through the placenta. If you get caffeine every day, your baby will get addicted to it in your stomach. Try to stop cold turkey yourself with caffeine if you use it daily. Headache, nausea, irritation, lack of energy … caffeine is a socially accepted but actually quite severe drug. So stop before you try to get pregnant.
Getting pregnant tip 6: Do not drink alcohol
In the meantime, everyone knows that alcohol and pregnancy do not go together. But according to Swedish researchers, the consumption of just two glasses of alcoholic beverages already reduces your fertility by 60%. So limit your alcohol intake even before you are pregnant to increase your chance of becoming pregnant. And as soon as you suspect that you are pregnant, stop completely with alcohol, because alcohol consumption increases the chance of a miscarriage. Fortunately, nowadays there are also tasty de-alcoholism wines and non-alcoholic beers.
Getting pregnant tip 7: Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
Smoking reduces your fertility. In women, smoking reduces the susceptibility of the uterus to the egg, while in men, smoking reduces sperm production and quality and damages DNA. In addition, all kinds of complications can occur if you continue to smoke during your pregnancy, such as more chance of miscarriage, premature birth, lung disease, heart problems, low birth weight or even stillbirth. Sometimes a doctor can advise a pregnant woman to keep smoking because the stress of quitting carries more risks than the other risks. But if you consciously try to become pregnant, stop both for the well-being of your child (also secondhand smoke is harmful) before you become pregnant, so that you have already undergone the stress and can give your child a healthy start.
Getting pregnant tip 8: Exercise regularly
According to a study by the University of North Carolina, women who were active before and during their fertility treatment had three times the chance of becoming pregnant compared to women who were not active. They not only looked at exercise through exercise, but also during housework and work. So make sure that you are actively active to increase your chance of becoming pregnant. Extreme exercise or hard exercise can be too much of a good thing and have a negative effect on your hormone balance, as a result of which your menstrual cycle can become unbalanced and the egg cannot implant properly. If you exercise, do it at such a level that you could still just have a conversation.
Getting pregnant tip 9: Avoid stress
You may have been advised not to worry too much about becoming pregnant. “If you relax and put it out of your mind, it will happen automatically!” Stress can indeed have a negative effect on your fertility, so avoid stress and relax! Ensure physical, mental and emotional well-being. With persistent stress, your body produces the stress hormone cortisol, which disrupts your menstrual cycle and reduces your fertility. Exercise, enjoy, write off your problems, meditate, walk, read a good book or watch a good film – do what you find fun and relaxing.
Getting pregnant tip 10: Strive for a healthy weight
Both being overweight and underweight reduces your chance of getting pregnant. Researchers looked at the BMI of 2112 pregnant women. The women who had a BMI of 25-39 before their pregnancy (prevalence) were found to have taken twice as long to become pregnant. But a BMI of less than 19 also turned out not to be healthy. Then it took no less than four times longer. So ensure a healthy weight. Exercise, eat healthy and keep your BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 to increase your chance of getting pregnant.
Getting pregnant tip 11: Eat healthy
Eat varied and nutritious. Use as many original and unprocessed products as possible, preferably also organic, to prevent possible adverse effects of chemical pesticides. With enough vitamins, proteins, fiber and fats, your body is better prepared for a pregnancy.
Getting pregnant tip 12: Make sure you have enough omega fatty acids
Omega fatty acids, such as omega 3 from fish and linseed oil, have a positive effect on your chances of getting pregnant. DHA, one of the fatty acids from fish oil, also improves sperm quality, so also improve your partner’s diet! Sources of other important omega fatty acids are avocado, olive oil, algae oil (a vegetarian and mercury-free source of DHA) and evening primrose oil .