Natural Fertility Boosting Tips and Ideas
Most couples who want to become parents begin by looking for ways to increase their chances of getting pregnant. Although it takes the average couple around six months to conceive, the excitement of wanting the baby can make you want to change your lifestyles right now.
So if you’re ready, what are the best ways to conceive quickly? We’ve compiled the ten best natural tips on how to get pregnant fast.
1) Begin taking a prenatal vitamin
Once you are pregnant, you’ll be taking a prenatal vitamin every day. But there are a few reasons on why you should begin taking a prenatal vitamin before you conceive.
Vitamins can affect each person differently and sometimes can cause side effects like an upset stomach. Taking a vitamin ahead of time lets you figure out which brand works best with your body. Since pregnancy normally follows with morning sickness, it might be difficult to distinguish whether the vitamin is causing issues or if it’s just a side effect of pregnancy.
Not only do you get the chance to find a vitamin that works for you, but it’s recommended by the CDC that women should take 400 mcg of folic acid daily for an entire month before getting pregnant.
What is folic acid and why is it so important?
It’s a B vitamin that our body uses to make new cells. It’s recommended because it can prevent major birth defects that babies can have. Without folic acid, babies can be born with spina bifida or anencephaly.
If you aren’t ready to take a prenatal vitamin just yet, typical multivitamins normally contain folic acid as well. Make sure that your daily vitamin contains the 100% daily value of folic acid to ensure you’re getting the proper amount.
2) Watch your diet
When figuring out what to buy at the grocery store, focus on these three categories:
Fruits and veggies
Replace a lot of your sugar cravings with fresh fruits and a glass of orange juice for vitamin C.
Green veggies are the key to getting the B vitamin we just talked about. Kale, broccoli, swiss chard and other dark leafy greens can boost those vital nutrient levels in your system. These foods can give you those critical nutrients your body needs to be able to conceive a healthy baby.
The USDA suggests that women eat 1 pound to 1.5 pounds of fish each week. Fish contain high protein with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is a fat you don’t want to rule out of your diet. It’s very important for the visual and neurological development of babies.
Even though there are benefits to fish, there are types of fish to avoid. Due to high levels of mercury that could remain your body longer than you’d like, stay away from swordfish, ahi tuna, shark, and marlin. Instead, buy salmon, shrimp, tilapia or catfish.
If it’s in your budget, focus on organic, grass-fed beef and farm raised chicken. The most important thing to avoid with meats is any processed or raw meat. Process meats include hot dogs or deli meats.
3) Monitor your ovulation
If you aren’t already monitoring your cycles and ovulation, this can be the most effective way to conceive quickly. You’re finding out exactly when you are fertile and when your best chances of getting pregnant are.
There are a few methods to finding out when you ovulate. The simplest is by recording your periods for 6 months. This gives you an understanding of how long your cycles typically last. If your cycle lengths are similar, you have regular cycles. Simply count back 14 days from when your cycle ended, and that’s typically the day you ovulate.
If you prefer a more scientific method, you can chart your temperature with a basal body thermometer. Your temperature will rise when you ovulate, and remain high until you begin your next cycle. I’ve used this for a few years now and it has never failed me.
There are also at home ovulation-prediction kits that test your urine for a hormone that increases when you ovulate. Because you are only fertile when the egg is released until it leaves your system, this is one of the most effective ways of determining your exact time of fertility.
4) Sex during fertile period
After you begin tracking your ovulation, you’ll have an idea of when your fertile period is happening. The fertile period begins five days before you ovulate and then the day of ovulation. The days which you’re most likely to conceive are the one or two days before ovulating, though sperm can live in the uterus for several days.
Even though your window for being fertile can be small, it doesn’t mean you need to have sex daily or multiple times a day. Having sex too often can cause your partner to have a lower sperm count, and doesn’t achieve greater odds to conceive.
Take the time during your fertile window to enjoy each other. Focus on having sex every other day. Our lives can be busy and we don’t want sex to turn into another chore or task during the day.
5) Help your partner stay healthy
Pregnancy tips don’t have to focus just on the woman. Men can also increase their chances of getting their partner pregnant with a few lifestyle changes. It’s important to make sure his sperm are healthy and have the boost necessary to do their job.
Heat is a big reason for a low sperm count. The jury is still out on whether boxers or briefs make a difference, but there are other proven factors that can affect your partner’s sperm.
Sitting for long periods of time, using saunas or having a laptop can drive sperm production down significantly. Testicles operate best at a few degrees lower than normal body temperature, so any prolonged exposure to heat can kill sperm.
Just like you, your partner should be taking a daily multivitamin to make sure he’s getting all the key nutrients to create healthy sperm. Usually, this can take a full month to take effect in his system, so don’t expect an overnight change right away.
Get rid of any vices. Drinking and smoking (both tobacco and recreational drugs) can lower a man’s testosterone levels which can actually increase the number of abnormal sperm in his system. These habits do not give him the best chance of creating healthy sperm and should be avoided while you are trying to conceive. Once you’re pregnant, he can start drinking his favorite craft beer once again.
Stress is a huge factor when trying to get pregnant. Sometimes the stress of not conceiving actually perpetuates the issue! Especially today, both men and women lead busy, stressful lives. We want to move up in our jobs, have family and friend obligations, and conceiving a baby can be another layer on top of everything.
It’s important to take time each day and de-stress. There are a few things I love experiencing daily. Yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy.
Just 10 minutes of meditation can positively impact your entire nervous system. It can reduce your body’s heart rate, blood pressure and stop production of chemicals that cause stress. It can lower your anxiety, and the best part, it’s free!
Even if you’re not flexible, yoga has many de-stressing benefits. There are several YouTube videos for beginners that I love. Yoga has several health benefits like giving you a better sleep, better circulation and it helps quiet your mind. Recently a study found that a quick yoga session can boost your brain power.
Lastly, essential oils have been a huge stress reducer for me. Lavender oil has several benefits to your emotional and mental state. It can reduce your anxiety, improve your sleep, and even regulate your periods. Plus it smells amazing when put into a diffuser!
7) Watch your weight
Both being overweight and underweight can make it difficult to get pregnant. The ideal weight is based on your Body Max Index or BMI. You want to aim for a weight that puts you in the healthy BMI range of 19-25.
Women who have a BMI under 19 are considered underweight. This can reduce their fertility due to possible hormonal imbalances. Women who are underweight often will need to try for more than a year to get pregnant. If you are underweight, it’s smart to visit your doctor and ask for advice on how to achieve a normal, healthy body weight.
On the other hand, women who have a BMI over 25 are considered overweight. For overweight women, it may take them twice as long as a healthy woman to get pregnant. Excess body fat can actually over produce estrogen. This can lead to issues with ovulation. Even losing a handful of pounds can greatly improve your chances of getting pregnant.
8) Sex positions
Although a woman can conceive in any sex position, there are some positions that give sperm a better chance of getting to their destination.
Try to focus on positions that let the sperm travel with gravity. Missionary is a popular position that allows the sperm to travel downwards. It’s also suggested that post-intercourse you remain with your pelvis tilted upwards to give the sperm a greater opportunity to get situated inside.
Two things are highly discouraged during and after love-making. First, using lubrication can actually slow down sperm or inhibit them from getting to the uterus. Try to avoid using lubrication if possible. Second, douching afterward can affect your ph levels in your reproductive system. This can kill sperm that are trying to survive inside.
9) Kick the bad habits
We’ve listed several habits to get started with, but there are a few habits you’ll need to stop if you’re trying to get pregnant quickly.
First, if you smoke tobacco or recreational drugs, you should begin curbing this habit. Chemicals in cigarette smoke can be damaging to a woman’s ovaries. It depends on how long and often you have been smoking, but the habit can interfere with your body’s estrogen levels and egg production.
Both you and your partner should give up alcohol at this point. Even drinking a single drink each day can make it more difficult for a woman to conceive. Once you are pregnant, you may not know it for a few weeks, so it’s also a good precautionary measure to quit drinking. You wouldn’t want your baby to be negatively affected by your drinking habits.
Lastly, there are mixed sources that say caffeine in large amounts can impact your fertility. If you drink more than two cups of coffee a day, begin reducing your coffee or soda consumption because it could be affecting your ability to get pregnant.
10) Visit your doctor
If you’re starting to try for a baby, it’s a good idea for you and your partner to visit your primary care doctors. You can get basic questions answered, find out what to expect and learn about each other’s general health.
If you’re 35 and are trying to get pregnant, it’s a great idea to visit the doctor. Your fertility plan may look slightly different and have a different timeline than that of a woman in her 20s.
Hopefully, you found these tips to increase your chances of pregnancy to be helpful. Many of them are healthy lifestyle changes that anyone can make without much effort. Good luck on your journey to becoming parents!