It’s a fabulous time when you know you are ready to begin trying for a baby. There can be a number of options you’d like to discover, including our range of fertility treatments, but there are also other ways that you can maximise your chances of conceiving.
Here is some key advice to consider when you are looking to increase your pregnancy chances.
A conversation with your doctor
The first thing couples or those looking to conceive should do is have a conversation with their doctor. A doctor will be able to perform a professional examination for you to determine if there are any further steps that need to be taken beforehand. This will also help you learn if you have any medical conditions that should be handled before trying to conceive.
Understand your own cycle
Your chances of getting pregnant vary across the month, which ultimately depends on when your cycle begins each month.
When you or your partner is ovulating, it’s seen as the best chance to conceive. This period happens just before a woman’s period. In order to determine exactly when that can be each month a lot of couples use ovulation kits to track when they are in this period – usually between 10 and 14 days before the period begins.
If you’re currently using birth control, it’s recommended you have your first period to help you determine when you could be ovulating. It’s not impossible to conceive straight after you stop using birth control but allowing yourself to have a period first is a good indicator for you to begin with.
Sex during the ovulation period
The recommendation for couples trying to conceive is to have regular sex during the ovulation period. For many, this could translate into making the experience quite exhausting, but there is no way of speeding up the process by increasing the amount of sex you have during this period.
For most couples, every other night is a regular schedule of sex during the ovulation period and gives you the best opportunities to conceive. There are also a lot of myths to having sex during this period that are often not true – if you’re unsure, speak to a doctor or a healthcare professional.
Promote a healthy lifestyle
One of the key elements is ensuring you’re eating healthily and promoting healthy habits within your daily life. Alcohol consumption should be reduced, and should never be drunk during pregnancy. Smoking should also be stopped as it affects oestrogen levels and your ovulation cycles.
Should there be any concerns throughout your pregnancy journey, you should always refer to your GP to discuss the process. They will be there each step of the way to ensure you’re in the best health for your future child, and to ensure that you yourself are in the right frame of mind.
For any additional advice, Concept Fertility has a range of services and advisors to guide you through the process. Contact us for more information, or sign up for an event to learn more about how we can help you along your journey.