Deciding to have a baby is an exciting milestone for a couple. The thought of having a child can occupy a couple’s mind entirely. Yet, the process isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Fortunately, there are some natural ways to boost the chances of getting pregnant and many of these tips are super simple.
Get Off of Birth Control Earlier
For a lot of women, they can stop taking birth control and then right away try for a baby. However, for those who are taking a hormonal birth control, they should consider getting off of it ahead of time. It can take the body some time to self-regulate its menstrual cycle. Ladies who take the pill or another form of contraception get a synthetic period so the body isn’t accustomed to the real thing. Getting off of the pill and then immediately trying to conceive can prove tricky for some couples.
Instead, they might want to try getting off the contraception and then trying other forms of birth control (condoms, pull-out method) for a few weeks to give the body time to adjust. This also gives ladies time to study their natural cycles, which will give them a better idea of when they are one or two days away from ovulation. Some women experience late periods or spotting after coming off of birth control. While this is completely normal, it can make it more difficult to track their natural cycles. This is another reason why getting off of birth control ahead of time can help.
Women are only fertile a few days each month. To make the most of those days, they need to keep track of their menstrual cycles. Many teens and young adults do this to get a better idea of when their periods are coming as well as to track symptoms. It turns out that women can do a similar thing to make the most of their fertility.
The magic window for conceiving a baby is one to two days before ovulation. If a woman can keep track of this, she has a far better chance of getting pregnant. The five days leading up to ovulation present the highest chances for conception as well as the day that ovulation begins. Couples may want to try for a baby during those days. Alternatively, if they can’t commit to trying every day, they should aim to have sex one to two days before ovulation. That timeframe is the prime window for getting pregnant.
These days, there are many apps and resources to help ladies keep track of their cycles. There are also ovulation predictor tests that can make the process even easier. They’re very similar to pregnancy tests in that the woman pees on the testing stick. An indicator will let her know if it’s prime time for sex.
Choose the Best Time for Sex
Women should talk to their partners about the times that they choose to have sex. It turns out that some bedtime intercourse could be helpful in conceiving a baby. This is because women will go to sleep afterwards, meaning that they’ll be lying down. This gives the sperm in the vagina a bit of a jump start in getting to the egg. The vagina has a natural downward slope so staying on one’s back can urge the sperm to pool towards the egg. While this doesn’t guarantee conception, it presents more favorable circumstances.
Practice Proper Sex Etiquette
Lube can be super helpful when it comes to sexual intercourse but couples should keep in mind that it can interfere with sperm. Couples should double-check the type of lubricant they’re using because some formulas include chemicals that inhibit sperm mobility. Others alter the pH level of the vagina, which can also reduce the chances of conceiving. Foreplay is important for getting both men and women in the mood while adding natural lubrication.
Moreover, sex position can play a role in conception as well. Since sperm are more likely to swim towards the egg if the woman is on her back, couples should opt for sex positions such as missionary. It’s also best to avoid washing up or bathing up to an hour after sexual intercourse.
Eat the Right Foods
Certain nutrients can encourage conception. For example, foods that are rich in fiber will maximize a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. For guys, they should focus on getting enough folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin C, and zinc. These nutrients increase sperm count and can be found in asparagus, avocado, broccoli, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, and nuts and seeds.
While on the topic of food, it’s worth mentioning some aphrodisiacs. While they don’t necessarily increase the odds of getting pregnant, they can help couples get in the mood, which will open up more opportunities for potential baby-making. Apples, asparagus, avocados, bananas, cherries, chocolate, figs, hot chiles, pomegranates, strawberries, walnuts, and watermelon are delicious and may also rev up the sexual fire. Some herbs and spices to consider include ginseng, honey, saffron, and vanilla. Also, a glass of red wine is an aphrodisiac and an excellent accompaniment to sex.
There are foods that can decrease the chances of pregnancy, such as seafood and other mercury-laced foods, added sugars, and trans fats. Dairy can actually hurt sex drive so couples should take that into account. Focusing on a whole foods diet will also give couples more energy to have regular intercourse and keep stress at bay. Furthermore, if there are any unhealthy lifestyle habits that either the man or woman is participating in, it’s time to kick the habit. Smoking and excessive alcohol and caffeine can hurt the chances of getting pregnant.
Get Extra Help
It’s not uncommon for couples to need some assistance in getting pregnant. It’s not as easy as getting off of birth control and having sex. If men or women need some professional help with this, they shouldn’t be ashamed nor should they hesitate to get the assistance they deserve. Best of luck to all the couples out there trying to expand their families!