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How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Updated on March 20, 2015
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Things to Consider Before Conceiving a Child

Raising a child is a life-changing decision and needs to be carefully thought through. Children are a life-long commitment. You have to provide them with love, care, food and education. This does not only make you lose a lot of time but you also need to invest a large sum of money. However, kids can be extremely rewarding and the moment a mother holds her baby in her arms for the first time is described by most women as the most beautiful experience in their life.

Before deciding to conceive a child, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have sufficient financial resources to raise a child? You have to consider that you might have to pay school fees depending on the country you live in. In the US, parents start saving for their children's college education from birth. In Europe, this isn't necessary because most universities are practically free.
  • Are you and your partner both willing to have kids?
  • Have you talked about religious or ideological differences between you and your partner that might have an influence on your child? Nutrition can also be an important issue. Nowadays, more and more parents decide to raise their child to be a vegetarian or vegan. You and your partner should both agree on those aspects.
  • Have you talked about how you will manage your work life and your family life? Who is going to stay at home to take care of the baby and who will keep working? Will one of you work part-time? How much time can both of you take off from work? In some countries, you are eligible for child or parental benefits which enables you to stay at home for several months or even a year and still have a reliable income. In Germany, you can stay at home for up to 14 months if you split up the time at home with your partner, while you receive parental benefits.
  • What would you do if your child was disabled?
  • Are you ready to be sleep-deprived, especially in the first few months after the baby is born?
  • Are you ready to give up some of your hobbies or reduce your freetime for the child? If not, how can you organize your time so that you can still pursue your hobby? Is a babysitter or a day nursery an option?


Healthy Nutrition

You have to ensure a healthy nutrition if you are planning on conceiving a child. It is not the right time to go on a diet but it is time to start thinking about taking in sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals. Two of the most important minerals for a healthy pregnancy are calcium and folic acid.

Animal-derived Calcium Sources:

The best animal-derived calcium sources are milk products, especially hard cheese and soft cheese.

Vegan Calcium Sources:

The best vegan calcium sources are tofu and soy beans, dark green leafy vegetables, rocked salad, broccoli, figs, sunflower seeds, sesame cream, almond spread, drinks and juices enriched with calcium and fortified cereal. If you integrate these nutrients into your diet, you don't have to worry about your calcium intake.

Animal-derived Folic Acid Sources:

The best animal-derived folic acid sources are soft cheese like Brie or Camembert, beef liver and turkey liver and egg yolk.

Vegan Folic Acid Sources:

The best vegan folic acid sources are asparagus, broccoli, leaf spinach, beetroot, savoy cabbage, kale, Chinese Cabbage, leek, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cherries, strawberries, oat flakes, peanuts, soy beans, chickpeas and wheat germs.

If you want to conceive a baby, you should limit your coffee and coke consumption to an absolute minimum. Coffeine hinders conception and is even associated with infertility. The prospects of successfully conceiving a baby are already reduced if you take in small amounts of coffee. However, fathers shouldn't be worried. In actual fact, coffee promotes the motility of spermatozoids.

Think about Your Weight

You should under no circumstances consider to go on a diet before conceiving a child or during your pregnancy. Your body needs all the nutrients it can get to be in the right state to conceive and carry a child. If you want to lose weight, you should do this before attempting to conceive a child. You shouldn't lose more than 2 pounds a week if you want to lose weight healthily. Your meals should consist of food that is rich in dietary fibers. On the other hand, underweight woman should consider gaining a few pounds before conceiving a baby. Underweight woman tend to give birth to underweight children.

Food that is rich in dietary fibers:

Peas, artichokes, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, Sauerkraut, Topinambur, snow peas, porcini mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, raspberries, cranberries, pears, prickly pears, blackcurrents, apples, avocados, blueberries, pecans, almonds, Amarant, oat flakes, wholemeal noodles, flaxseed, Pumpernickel, bulgur, rye wholegrain bread, quinoa.

Consider Taking Food Supplements

Although food supplements do not replace a healthy nutrition, you should consider taking a vitamin complex and a folic acid supplement to avoid any risk of developing a nutrient deficiency. Vegans and vegetarians should always supplement their diet with a B12 supplement.

Get Enough Exercise!

Before doing any new kind of exercise or sport, don't forget to consult a doctor.

A well-balanced exercise program has many important advantages. You gain strength, flexibility and endurance which are very important characteristics, considering that you will soon be carrying around some additional weight. Later, you will have to carry your child and run after it, in addition to the stress that you are subject to as a mother. If you have not done much exercise before your pregnancy, it is not advisable to start doing intensive exercise during pregnancy. You should start exercising at least three months before conception to guarantee a healthy, risk-free pregnancy. If you are fit, your contractions won't be as painful and you can support your lumbar spine. Exercise will also make you less susceptible to hormonal boosts during pregnancy that often make pregnant woman aggressive and irritated.

Some of the best sports during pregnancy include:

Swimming, walking and running, cycling, aerobics, dancing, yoga and pilates.

Don't be too hard on yourself and take it easy, especially if you haven't done a lot of exercise before pregnancy. Always consult a doctor before considering a new sport.


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Give up Cigarettes, Alcohol and Drugs

Drugs and alcohol can hurt your fetus and lead to irreparable damage. Numerous studies have shown that smoking, drinking and drug consumption leads to underweight babies, miscarriages, sudden infant death syndrome and behavioral disorders. Excessive parties should be avoided as well.


Stop Using Contraceptives

If you stop using condoms or a contraceptive coil, your body won't notice the difference and you can start trying to conceive a baby right away. However, if you stop taking your birth control pill, your body often needs weeks, months or even up to a year to go back to a natural cycle. This is often the case for women who took birth control pills for a long time. You will notice changes in your body as soon as you stop taking birth control pills. Some women notice changes in their skin or their weight, others start feeling the different stages of their cycle more intensively, like the time of their ovulation.

You should be patient and wait for your body to go back to a normal cycle. As soon as this is the case, the chances of becoming pregnant are much higher.


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Summary

  • First ask yourself the question: Is it the right time to conceive a baby and will it be born into the proper living conditions?
  • Ensure a healthy nutrition.
  • Ask yourself if you have the proper weight to conceive a child.
  • Get enough exercise and start exercising at least 3 months before trying to conceive.
  • Give up smoking, drinking and drugs.
  • Stop using contraceptives.

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