- 13. 2. 2018
- Reproductive health
IT IS DIFFICULT WHEN THINGS DON’T HAPPEN AS QUICKLY AS EXPECTED ESPECIALLY, IF YOU’VE MADE THE DECISION TO TRY FOR A BABY.
There are some things you can do to make the most of your chances of becoming pregnant. For example, suggest starting your day with a tall glass of fresh orange juice, as it provides an excellent source of folic acid. Others suggest cutting out coffee, as it is thought to reduce blood flow to the uterus. And some suggest avoiding vaginal sprays, artificial lubricants, as they can cause a pH imbalance in your vagina and kill off sperm.
BUT WHAT DO THE EXPERTS RECOMMEND?
Professor Nick Raine-Fenning, Consultant Gynaecologist at the University of Nottingham shared his top tips:
- Try having sex every two to three days throughout the month to optimise your chances of getting pregnant
- Try to lead a healthy lifestyle – being a healthy weight, limiting stress where possible and trying to relax can all help
- Cut right down on alcohol and avoid smoking altogether; studies have shown that smoking just 10 cigarettes a day reduces a woman’s chances of conceiving by 50 percent
- If you have a BMI over 30, think seriously about trying to lose some weight. And, if you’re diabetic, it’s VERY important to get your blood sugar levels under control before you conceive
- Women should take 0.4mg of folic acid each day while trying for a baby, to cut down the risk of problems like spina bifida and miscarriage
- Over 80% of couples will conceive within a year of trying. If you’ve been trying for a year and aren’t yet pregnant, see a fertility specialist
- Don’t wait for too long before seeing a doctor. If you’re over 36 or if you or your partner have any symptoms such as irregular periods or sperm issues, speak to fertility specialist
- Trying for a baby can cause emotional strain. Joining a fertility support group and speaking to others going through the same thing may help take the weight off your shoulders and reassure you that you are not alone There are options out there to help you to conceive. ASK IVF SPECIALIST to find out more!