10 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Conceiving

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Are you planning a pregnancy? Follow these ten tips to help you conceive.

One – Adjust Your Diet

What you eat has an important affect on your reproductive system and also impacts your weight. If you are overweight or underweight, your body may not be producing enough hormones to ovulate at the right time. It is especially important to include the following in your diet: 

Too much caffeine can interfere with fertility and is also not good for babies. Start cutting back now to reduce side effects.

  • Vitamin C. This, and other antioxidants, are great for both sexes, as they reduce stress on the reproductive organs and increase sperm motility.
  • Calcium and Vitamin D. They help to increase fertility.
  • Zinc. Studies have indicated that zinc helps increase testosterone levels, which help improve sperm.
  • Iron. It will decreases your chances of having a miscarriage.

Remember to start taking a multivitamin with folate immediately, as it will reduce risks for birth defects. If you need help with your diet, consider talking with your doctor, or find a registered dietitian in your area.

Two – Get Rid of the Bad

Alcohol, caffeine, and other bad habits will only have a negative effect on conception and may even affect a developing fetus. Before you think of conceiving, it is important to significantly cut back or cut out these bad habits.

  • Xenoestrogens: This hormone is found on fresh produce, as it is used as a pesticide. Too much of this chemical can affect your body’s hormone levels and can interfere with fertility. Consider switching to organic produce; or at the very least, wash your produce thoroughly.
  • Alcohol: We all know that alcohol is bad for developing babies, but what you may not know is that alcohol can cut fertility in half and can increase the presence of irregular sperm.
  • Caffeine: Too much caffeine can interfere with fertility and is also not good for babies. Start cutting back now to reduce any side effects.

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It should be obvious, but other bad habits, like recreational drugs and smoking, are also bad for fertility and your baby; so it’s time to quit. Also, some prescription medications may cause fertility issues, so it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before you try to get pregnant.

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10 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Conceiving

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  1. Profile photo of Alexa Alexa says:

    You should take prenatals before you start trying to conceive. It takes about 6 months for it to build up in your system for it to do any good.

  2. Profile photo of tangled tangled says:

    A lot of great information…

  3. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Though my OB allowed 1 cup of coffee a day, I did not take the risk. I also take folic acid ahead of the time as I know our ultimate target then

  4. Profile photo of Maria Maria says:

    I don’t know if I can stop drinking coffee. It’s the only thing that I drink other than water.

  5. Coffee would be hard to get rid of. I started eating healthy and I got pregnant right away.

  6. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    Once I stopped smoking and drinking I instantly got preggers.

  7. Profile photo of Lulu Lulu says:

    Common sense and very interesting!

  8. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Number ten is a must!

  9. Profile photo of Janice Janice says:

    Mom always said a watched pot will never boil. If all these methods have not helped, then maybe a vacation will help.

  10. Profile photo of JBurn JBurn says:

    I love 10… "RELAX"

  11. Profile photo of Ada Ada says:

    I just couldn’t stop laughing. Simply love the tips

  12. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    A lot of great information…

  13. Profile photo of Angela Angela says:

    I like the tips. Thanks!!


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