When you’ve made the decision that you want to have a baby, the chances are that you would like to become pregnant as soon as possible. Pregnancy is an aspect of health that many people take for granted as most believe that you simply have sex and then become pregnant.
However, it’s not always that easy as there are all types of things that can throw your body out of balance.
If you are trying to become pregnant here are some rather simple things you can do to improve your chances.
Pay Attention to Your Weight
If you are overweight, you are putting your overall health at risk plus you’re lowering your chances of becoming pregnant. Many women who have infertility problems are carrying too much weight wherein their menstrual cycles become less regular, resulting in them ovulating less often.
One the other side of the coin, if you happen to be underweight, you may not have enough body fat to produce hormones to ovulate each month or to sustain a pregnancy if you do conceive. Even women who heavily exercise on a regular basis including long-distance runners and very competitive athletes do not ovulate at all or they do so less frequently than women who don’t exercise rigorously. And, if you exercise too much, you are raising your risk of having a miscarriage.
In short, speak to your doctor about your weight and workout routine if you think either one is the cause of your problem.
Eat Healthy Foods
A key to beating infertility is a well-balanced diet that is rich in protein, iron, zinc and Vitamin C. When you are low in these nutrients, you will raise your chances of not becoming pregnant. If you tend to eat ‘on the run’ and are leading a hectic lifestyle like many people are today, it would be to your benefit to slow things down and pay attention to what you’re putting in your body.
Focus on eating protein-rich foods like meat, fish and beans as well as leafy green vegetables and a variety of fruits. If you happen to be a vegetarian, you may not be eating enough protein regularly. However, you can get the protein your body needs by combining protein-containing foods like rich and beans or stir-fry vegetables with tofu.
Have Sex More Frequently
Researchers have found that women who have intercourse regularly at least one time a week are more likely to menstruate as they should wherein normal ovulation is achieved compared to women who only have occasional intercourse. There are all types of things that can put a damper on your sex life including living a hectic lifestyle.
It is common for a fertility clinic to tell couples to have sex at least every two days as doing so will increase the chances of successfully becoming pregnant. If you and your partner are busy people who often rush things in the bedroom, make a point of slowing things down.
Amanda Murphy works at an IVF center in Phoenix Arizona. She loves to write about family, kids and health.