How To Naturally Increase Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant
Is there really anything you can do to naturally increase your chances of getting pregnant? Actually, yes. Do you need to? Possibly. Sometimes when you are finally ready and willing to have a baby, Mother Nature decides to play tricks on you making that goal fairly elusive. This scenario is really much more common that you might think, but most couples tend to keep it as a private matter.
The reality is that your chances of getting pregnant each cycle are only just a few days, and it can seem like playing the lottery if you don’t do anything to increase the odds. On average, it’s normal for a healthy couple to be trying to conceive for an entire year before they would even start worrying that there might be any infertility issues. An entire year!
Making the decision to have a baby is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~ Elizabeth Stone (Tweet this)
Things to do to increase your chances of getting pregnant in a natural way
The wait can create a feeling of insecurity in the couple. Tension and stress brings up Cortisol levels and this can actually start to interfere, biologically lowering your chances of getting pregnant. The good news is that—assuming you and your partner are both physically capable of having children—there are many things you can do to increase the odds in your favor. So when your answer to the question, “should I have a baby or not”, is yes, these tips will help.
1. Know your body well
This one is essential. Understand your cycle, and become aware of your most fertile days. There are many methods out there to help you achieve this, from electronic ovulation predictors, to inexpensive ones that you can buy in bulk that are similar to the home pregnancy tests (basically they are little sticks you pee on every morning and they mark the increase of hormones that rise with ovulation). One very effective way of becoming more aware of your body and learn when you are most fertile is by checking your cervical mucus.
The viscosity of the cervical mucus changes throughout your cycle and most women (not all) can see it externally when they wipe after going to the bathroom. It can vary from dry, damp, white and creamy, to transparent and slippery like raw egg whites. This last state of the cervical mucus is the ideal environment for the spermatozoids to travel trough and therefore it marks your most fertile days.
If you are unsure about your assessments try a month or two combining them with the ovulation predictors to gain reassurance. You can also use one of the many free menstrual calendar apps that are available to keep track of all that, but they don’t work too well if your cycles are irregular.
2. Keep a healthy weight
In order to increase your chances of getting pregnant you should watch the numbers on the scale, but forget about trying to be super lean. We want healthy weight! Both being over or under a healthy number can reduce your fertility. In fact it’s better to be just a bit over your ideal weight instead of a bit under when talking about fertility. Make sure you are eating well. Once you are pregnant you are going to want to eat better anyway, believe me. You become so much more aware because of your baby, so go talk to a nutritionist and kickstart the process early.
3. Sleep on a regular schedule
When trying to get pregnant it’s not only important to just get enough Zs, but also to get them regularly. If you work on a rotating schedule and are having difficulties getting pregnant you might want to talk to your boss to have some changes made (or get a different job altogether). The rotating schedule could be to blame. Your circadian rhythms play a big role in the production of hormones and sleeping at different times of the day will create chaos.
4. Stay hydrated
You know how amazing water is and how much healthier we are when we drink plenty of it. Well, it’s not going to be any different when trying to improve your chances of getting pregnant. Hydration will ensure that your cervical mucus is healthy and abundant and it’s this slippery friend that is the one in charge of facilitating the road trip of the sperm all the way to the egg.
You can also add a bit of lemon to your water. Drink it warm, first thing in the morning and throughout the day. This will aid in turning your body more alkaline and making your uterus less acidic. Acidity is not a good environment for sperm, so you will be giving them a double boost by staying hydrated and turning your body more alkaline.
I know,”easier said than done,” right? Especially when you start to think that maybe you might have difficulties with fertility. But it is so true. That’s why so many couples are able to conceive after adopting, going on a vacation, or even getting a puppy! They forget about it being an issue and then when the stress hormone, Cortisol, gets out of the way: magic happens. So if you know things are tense and you are starting to get anxious,
- go and enroll in a yoga class,
- walk in the park,
- watch the sunset, or
Just make sure stress is not getting the best of you.
A mother does not become pregnant in order to provide employment to medical people. Giving birth is an ecstatic jubilant adventure not available to males. It is a woman’s crowning creative experience of a lifetime. ~ John Stevenson (Tweet this)
There are more things you can do, and all of them align with a healthy lifestyle. Remember that it is normal for it to take some time, so relax and concentrate on how wonderful it is that you are able to plan for such an important part of your life. Take advantage of the time and start planning where and how you would like to give birth, read a couple of good books about pregnancy and babies, and foremost enjoy the process!
Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love. ~ Maureen Hawkins (Tweet this)