You see a baby in a stroller at the mall and your heart aches. You hold your bestie’s newborn and you cry. A baby is born on your fave television show and you’re balling your eyes out. You have baby brain! But you’ve been trying to conceive one of your own for several months and haven’t seen that “yes” on the pregnancy stick.To help increase your chances of getting pregnant, try the following tips.
Chart your basal body temperature
Track your basal body temperature (BBT) to assess if you’re ovulating.That temperate reading fluctuates throughout your cycle. The day after you ovulate, your BBT will rise 0.4 to 1.0 degree and will stay elevated until your next period. You should check and chart your BBT using a basal thermometer each morning before you get out of bed, ideally about the same time each day. Track it over a few months to assess when you’re ovulating, and then have sex around the time of ovulation.
Assess your cervical mucus
Track your cervical secretions to assess your fertility. You have the most when you’re about to ovulate and the least right after your period. You’re most fertile when your mucus resembles egg whites, looking and feeling stretchy and clear. The more of this mucus you have, the higher your likelihood of getting pregnant. Ovulation is done when the mucus has thickened.
Use an ovulation calendar
A fertility calculator or calendar can help you figure out the length of your cycle and the day of the month when you’re most fertile. Over time, you’ll see patterns in your cycle. And you can use that information to assess the best time to try to get pregnant. Try HealthyWomen’s ovulation calculator.
Try an ovulation kit
An over-the-counter ovulation test can assess when you’re ovulating. That way you’ll get an idea of when you should plan to have sex. Since the kit can’t go in and see if you’ve ovulated, know that these kits aren’t 100 percent accurate.
Maintain a healthy weight
Check your BMI (body mass index) score; a ranking of 19 to 24 indicates a healthy weight. Anything above that range should be discussed with your health care provider. Read more about fertility-boosting foods.
Watch what you eat
Unhealthy food intake, whether too much or too little, has been recognized as a contributing factor to infertility because it can make your reproductive cycle irregular. And that causes you to ovulate occasionally or not at all. Switch protein sources, replacing some of the beef, pork or chicken you eat—animal protein—with vegetable protein sources, such as cooked dried beans and nuts.
Your cervical fluid—which helps the sperm find the target egg—gets sluggish when you don’t drink enough water. Consume plenty of water so that your urine is light yellow.
High caffeine intake interferes with conception. Consider eliminating or avoiding caffeinated coffee, tea and soft drinks (decaf is fine). Does the thought of losing that morning pick-me-up make you break into a cold sweat? You can stick to one to two 8-ounce cups a day.
Meet with your ob-gyn
Your health care provider can speak with you about the overall status of your health and suggest any lifestyle changes you need to make that can help you get pregnant. Since some fertility issues may be hereditary, it’s also a good idea to meet with a doctor if you have a family history of infertility.
See the dentist
Gum disease is linked to underweight and premature babies. And the health of your mouth and teeth can change once you’re pregnant. To ensure that your mouth is in tip-top shape, visit your dentist.
Trying to get pregnant can be stressful. Do your best to manage and reduce tension and anxiety. Try relaxation techniques like meditation, acupuncture or yoga.
Exercise within reason
It’s fine to get in some moderate activity.So, pass on the marathon when you’re trying to get pregnant.
Inspect your medicine cabinet
Some prescription medications may be unsafe during pregnancy or make it more difficult to get pregnant. Review the medications you’re taking with your health care provider.
Ditch the lube
If you need some lubrication to make you more comfortable during intercourse, try a lubricant that’s sperm-friendly or use canola oil.
Yes, there’s no evidence that drinking an occasional glass of wine factors into your fertility. But consider passing on alcohol when you’re trying to conceive to be on the safe side.
Smoking makes you prone to ectopic pregnancies (when an embryo implants somewhere other than the uterus, such as in one of the fallopian tubes), lowers the number and quality of sperm and is linked to an increased risk of miscarriage.