Are you trying to get pregnant? Are you excited about making your own little human being and teaching it all about life and humanity? Have you been trying for a while now and are impatient to conceive? Whatever the state you are in, the following list of 7 easy ways to get pregnant effortlessly can help you on this journey.
1. Eat well and get plenty of rest
Eat food rich in folic acid, minerals, proteins and vitamin B. If necessary, take a vitamin and a folic acid supplement. Folic acid like the rest of B group of vitamins is water soluble and excess consumption will not lead to any adverse reaction in most cases. Also, eating healthy food creates a congenial atmosphere for the fertilized egg to develop into a healthy baby in women and strengthening of the sperm in men. Men will also benefit from consumption of food rich in zinc, calcium, vitamins C and D. Avoid alcohol intake (or restrict it to maybe once a week) caffeine, cigarettes and other recreational drugs. Adequate rest is essential for both men and women to perform better during intercourse as well as set the stage for stronger healthier sperm and egg.
2. Get off birth control
Plan well ahead of time and get off your birth control whether it is pills, an IUD or male contraceptives. Start your healthy diet regimen if you aren’t already on it and get regular, adequate exercise.
3. Know your fertile period
If your periods are regular, it is easy to figure out when you ovulate. Here is an easy tip. Mark your previous start date (first day of menstruation) in the calendar and predict your next start date based on your cycle (number of days between the start date of one menstruation to the start date of the succeeding menstruation). For sake of clarity, consider the following math. Say your start date in September was 1st of September, and you have a 30 – day cycle. Your next start day would be 1st October. Count 14 days back from 1st October. That would be 17th September. Now count 5 more days backwards. That would be 12th September. So, the days from 12th through 17th qualify as your fertile period. It is true for most women except in some women who have two fertile periods. One mid cycle and another just before the next start date. However, if your periods are irregular, it is difficult to accurately calculate your fertile dates. You could observe your vaginal discharge. If it is transparent and egg yolk like, you are fertile. If it turns milky, your fertile period is over and you are about to menstruate.
4. Get busy with your partner
Now that you know your fertile dates, or at least the fact that there is such a thing as fertile period, get busy with your partner. There are some positions in which you can try having intercourse that give a boost to the sperm to move quickly towards the fallopian tubes: the Missionary and the Doggy style. Scientists argue that there is no conclusive proof that they lead to faster conception but any boost is a boost and there is no harm trying different styles and having more fulfilling intercourse. For women, lying down for a while after intercourse helps as it prevents the sperm from being thrown out along with urine when you empty your bladder. However, if you are susceptible to UTIs, it is better to empty your bladder immediately after intercourse. If you are unable to figure out the fertile period, it is better to have intercourse every alternate day. Try for a reasonable period of time and consult a doctor incase you don’t succeed. The time for which you can try before seeking a specialist’s opinion varies based on your age, and other factors that influence conception such as genetics, family history and general health condition.
5. Set up for quick conception
For men, it is important to remember that ejaculation is essential for sperm to get released into the vagina so that it can towards the fallopian tubes and fertilize the waiting or descending egg. It is also important that you ejaculate at least once before the actual fertile period so you get rid of any dead, stale spermatozoa and get ready with a fresh set of healthy sperm. Women must make sure that they have adequate lubrication just before their fertile period. Sperm move towards the fallopian tubes using a swimming movement that requires a fluid medium. Hence, a warm, wet vagina is essential to help motility. Having intercourse every alternate day rules out dead sperm, dry vagina and helps you have more relaxed and a positive connection with your partner.
6. Know your body and prepare yourself
Understand that the baby you are trying to make is about to get its nutrition from your body as a mother and prepare your body for the holistic health of the developing fetus. Also understand that the fetus knows no boundaries and will extract nutrition from you whether you are equipped or not. This will lead to deficiency of calcium and several other maladies post delivery in women. Besides, if you are serious about breastfeeding your child, it is all the more important you stay healthy before and after delivery so as to provide the best possible nutrition for your child. Ensure your blood count is normal, that you are not deficient in any vitamins and minerals and your body is strong and healthy. Incase of men, it is important to release a set of healthy sperm for the nucleus in the sperm cell merges with the nucleus of the egg cell before the egg begins to multiply. So, a healthy, well-nourished sperm is as important as a healthy well-nourished egg.
7. Consider a holistic health regimen
Most fertile, healthy couples fail to conceive after several attempts for reasons other than physical health. If your mind is preoccupied or you suffer from stress, anxiety and depression, it affects your ability to conceive. Consider a holistic health regimen like Pilates, meditation or Yoga combined with mindfulness and gratitude to stay stress free and joyful.
Whatever you do, remember that the joy of conception is something that will always be with you and try to have as much fun as possible while using these easy ways to get pregnant!