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Preparing our body to conceive

Preparing our body to conceive

Improving your fertility status will take time as regenerating the body’s depleted stores and defenses takes time (usually 8-12 weeks). Moreover, new sperm production takes of 9-10 weeks, thus to improve sperm quality it will take a minimum of 12 weeks. ADD PILLS

How to get pregnant? first, relax, there is a 25% percent chance each month that a baby may be conceived, thus it make take up to a year until a successful pregnancy.

Second, improve both partners fertility status and prepare your body for pregnancy by adapting your life style and diet:

  • If you are overweight, try to lose 10-20% of your body weight;

  • If you smoke, try to reduce the number of cigarettes per day or week. Smoking reduces both female and male fertility and smoking less or quitting, improves both sperm quality and count, and improves the process of ovulation and fertilization;

  • Reduce alcohol intake, as alcohol harms the process of sperm production, and decreases the quality of ovulation. It is OK to drink two-to-three glasses of wine a week, but don’t overdo it;

  • Decrease the amount of processed food you eat; try to prepare fresh food, use fresh meat, fish, poultry, vegetables and fruits;

  • Vitamins and trace element deficiencies have been associated with significantly high reproductive risks, ranging from infertility to fetal structural defects and long-term diseases; thus, the following supplements are recommended for increased fertility:

 

Supplement

Female fertility

Male fertility

Function

Daily dose

Function

Daily dose

Omega 3

Anti-Inflammatory

2400 mg

Improves fertilization

2400 mg

Selenium

Improves oocyte quality; protects from first trimester miscarriage

70 mcg

Protects again DNA damage in sperm

150 mcg

Vitamin E

(d-alpha tocepherol)

Shortens time to pregnancy, protects from oxidative stress

 35 IU 

Protects from oxidative stress, thereby improving sperm parameters

22-400 IU 

Zinc, elemental

Protects against miscarriage

15 mg

Sperm production, protection from DNA  damage

25-60 mg

Vitamin B6

Protects from blood clots and miscarriage

1.9 mg

 

Vitamin B12

Healthy placenta; prevents insulin resistance in embryo

12 mcg

Folic acid

Improves ovulation; defends from embryo development defects (neural tube defects)

400 mcg

Iron

Ovulation improvement

27 mg

Vitamin D (as D3)

Improve menstrual frequency

15 mg (600 IU)

Vitamin A

Embryonic development and immunity

4000 IU

Iodine

Fertility improvement, prevention of miscarriages, defends against embryo development defects

140 mcg

N-Acetyl Cysteine 

 

50 mg

Catechin (EGCG)

   

Anti-inflammatory, protects sperm from anti-sperm antibodies

200-300 mg

Carnitine

Low levels are associated with male infertility

1000-4000 mg

 

Third, unfortunately there isn’t a clear measure for the exact time in the menstrual cycle to get pregnant; however there is a period of six days, termed the fertility window, in which there is a higher chance for conception. To increase chances to conceive, have sex every day or every-other-day during your fertility window.

The fertility window includes the day of ovulation, and the 5-days preceding it. Ovulation occurs 14-days before the menstrual period starts, but since the duration of the menstrual cycle differ between women, it is difficult to calculate the day of ovulation by the last menstrual period. However, if you have regular intervals between periods, measure the time between menstrual periods (first day of bleeding), deduct 14 days, and the number you receive indicate the day of ovulation from the last period; if your menstrual cycle is 28 days long, then on day 15 from your last period (first day of bleeding), ovulation occurs, and fertility window is on days 10-15 from last period. A more accurate way to determine the fertility window is monitoring cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and luteinizing hormone (LH) changes.

  • Cervical mucus is stretchy, slippery, thin, and clear during the 5 to 6 days before and the day of ovulation. You are likely to notice this type of mucus when using toilet paper after urinating. If not, place your fingertip just inside your vagina, then check the consistency and appearance of the mucus.

  • Levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) level rise about 24 hours before ovulation. Levels of LH can be tested in urine by using a home ovulation predictor kit. Note, that you have to test levels of LH before it rises, since by the times it rises most of the fertility window has passed. Thus it is recommended to test the levels on day 7 after the period starts, and again on day 10 or 12.

  • Basal body temperature (BBT) decreases just before an egg is released (ovulation). It then increases sharply 24 hours after ovulation. After 2 to 3 months of carefully measuring and recording BBT every morning before getting out of bed, is needed in order to identify a pattern that helps estimate the day of ovulation.

 

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