Getting pregnant is all about timing and lifestyle.
1. Timing, creation of “road map”- Fertility window
Plan your fertility window ahead of time. Any management program requires some form of “road map,” an organized schedule and plan. Making informed choices will make the journey easier and ideally allow most couples to arrive at their target.
Stress can take its toll on the reproductive system, and having problems conceiving can add to existing stress. This creates a vicious cycle. In women, stress can disrupt the ovulation cycle. In men, stress can lower sperm count and increase the number of abnormal sperm.
3. Happiness, Relationship & romance
A happy, positive relationship is not an ethereal goal; it is an important physical part of the fertility story.
4. Lifestyle – Exercise, smoking, caffeine and alcohol
You must have the right lifestyle to enhance your fertility.
Exercise not only increases fertility but is known to reduce cognitive deficit, osteoporosis, anxiety, depression and fatigue, as well as improve cardiovascular health and quality of life.
Avoid smoking and reduce caffeine intake as well as minimize your alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol can affect hormone production in both males and females. In men, excess drinking can cause erectile problems and can have a detrimental effect on sperm production.
A balanced diet is essential for overall good pre-conception health. Folic acid and Vitamin B12 have been found to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects. Antioxidants, including coenzyme Q-10, can be beneficial in combating age-related fertility struggles. Other vitamins and minerals, as well as omega 3 oils, also are critical to a healthy body that is ready to conceive as well as male health and fertility.
Conception is more likely to occur with a normal body mass index. The ideal BMI is between 20-25. Women who are underweight (BMI less than 20 have an increased risk of not ovulating and having amenorrhea (no period). A BMI lower than 19 has been determined to increase time to conception fourfold. BMI greater than 35 increases the time to conception twofold; while creating greater risks of miscarriage and complications during pregnancy, delivery and post- partum.
6. The “S” Word
The single most important thing in trying to get pregnant is to not forget sex. Romance, really. Be careful to keep the stress of trying to conceive from reducing sexual esteem, satisfaction and—critically—frequency. Reproduction efficiency increases with frequency of intercourse, but the optimal frequency is best defined by the couple’s own preference. Still, it’s important to remember: If you don’t “buy a ticket,” you can’t win the lottery!