9 Tips to Get Pregnant
Welcome to the 9 ConceivePlease tips to getting pregnant.
Getting your health into an optimal level is an extremely important factor to increasing your fertility and chances of a natural conception.
If you are really serious in getting pregnant, we encourage you to use this time for you and your partner to take a good look at your overall health and wellbeing.
Did you know that lifestyle factors such as weight, eating habits, smoking, alcohol, exercise and sleep all play an important part in affecting your fertility and an ongoing pregnancy?
I cannot stress to you how important this next step is. Preparation is the key to optimising your chances of conceiving. That’s why we recommend the ConceivePlease preconception and pregnancy multivitamins.
Take the time to read below the 9 ConceivePlease recommended steps to help prepare you for a natural conception and download our complimentary eBook.
We wish you well on your journey.
1. Make an appointment to see your doctor for the pre-pregnancy check-up.
Your doctor will take a medical history and review the safety of any medications you may-be taking, and organise the important antenatal tests you need prior to conceiving.
This involves a blood test to check you have immunity to German measles (Rubella), and Chicken Pox prior to being pregnant. The blood test can also check for Thyroid problems, Hepatitis B, C and HIV, check your blood type and rule out any anaemia in you.
2. Start a vitamin supplement:
Good nutrition is a key to healthy conception. Having a healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants, as well as starting a pre-pregnancy multivitamin supplement is important when you are trying to get pregnant.
There are many fertility treatment options for women available at your disposal. We recommend the Conceiveplease Preconception and Pregnancy Multivitamins that have been carefully formulated based on scientific and medical evidence. Containing essential vitamins and minerals like Folic Acid and Iodine to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Iodine is important for our thyroid and for foetal brain development in pregnancy. Any iodine deficiency can lead to an underactive thyroid in the pregnant mother. The only source of iodine is through our diet which is why it is in the salt we use however in today’s world we are eating less salt and iodine deficiency is becoming more and more common.
Obstetricians are now recommending iodine supplementation at a dose of 220 micrograms a day.
Also, start your partner on a vitamin supplement to support his sperm health. The Conceiveplease Spermplus vitamins for men have been specifically formulated to help sperm health. Click on Sperm Health and read more.
3. Eat a healthy balanced diet for fertility and pregnancy
Vitamins and minerals are important for your overall health and in particular your fertility. They help provide energy, are important in hormone production and help repair damaged cells. Eating a well-balanced diet and taking some of the infertility treatment options available today can actually increase your chances of conceiving.
4.Get the right weight for fertility.
An ideal Body Mass Index is between 20 and 24. Studies have shown that it is much harder to conceive when your BMI is greater than 25. Additional studies have demonstrated that by losing just 5 to 10% of your weight will improve your chances of ovulation and subsequent pregnancy. BMI Calculator for Women
5. Understand your menstrual cycle to pinpoint the most fertile time to conceive.
Understanding your menstrual cycle and knowing when you are at your most fertile time is important in optimising conception. Studies have shown how easy it is to guess the fertile time incorrectly. Monitoring your basal body temperature and the LH hormone surge in your urine can help pin point ovulation.
The Conceiveplease Fertility Kit has the tools to help you with predicting your ovulation;
- There are step by step instructions on monitoring your menstrual cycle
- The Conceiveplease fertility Calender to help plot your most fertile time
- The Conceiveplease Digital thermometer for measuring your basal body temperature
- and the Conceiveplease ovulation LH urine test sticks for measuring your hormone change called the LH surge just prior to ovulation.
6. Have intercourse 2-3 times per week.
It is still recommended for couples to have sexual intercourse 2-3 times per week.
7. Stop smoking as well as any other recreational drugs.
If you are a smoker or your partner is a smoker then trying to stop could be the most important thing you could do to increase your chances of getting pregnant, and staying pregnant.
The evidence is very strong with over 1350 articles on the effect of smoking and fertility. Multiple studies have shown that both male and female smokers had a 2 fold chance of infertility. This means the chances of not getting pregnant were twice that of those who do not smoke and that’s quite an amazing statistic!
Smoking is one of the strongest lifestyle risk factors that has a detrimental effect on your reproduction, including effecting the quality of your eggs making them less likely to fertilise, increasing your chances of pregnancy loss, increasing the incidence of birth malformations such as cleft palate, as well as increasing obstetric complications like preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction.
8. Review your alcohol consumption.
It is thought alcohol causes direct damage to eggs and sperm and direct damage to the early pregnancy through a process called oxidative stress leading to the formation of molecules called free oxygen radicals that can then cause cell damage.
Excess alcohol is also often accompanied by other unhealthy lifestyles such as poor diet with vitamin and nutritional deficiencies like folic acid, thiamine, zinc and magnesium which are all extremely important for reproduction. Alcohol is also responsible for depleting your vitamin B levels. It can contribute to a poor diet. It is high in calories and it’s fattening.
9. Get a good night’s sleep!