Pregnancy is not very difficult to achieve, if you are pretty good in health and are having unprotected sex for a long time. Generally, 70-80% of the couples get pregnant within one year of trying, and about 50% of the lot conceive within 6 months.
However, there are many couples who face problems in conceiving; considering modern lifestyle and health issues. With advancement in medical science, there are a number of ways to treat infertility. Since there are many couples who choose to conceive naturally, or non-medically, we have compiled a list of non-medical treatments and guidelines to get successful in getting pregnant.
Eat more complex carbs and limit highly processed ones. Studies have found that high insulin levels appear to inhibit ovulation. Your body digests bad carbs (like cookies, cakes, white bread and white rice) quickly, and turns them into blood sugar. To drive down the blood-sugar spike, the pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream. On the other hand, good carbs (fiber, vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains) get digested slowly and gradually affect the blood sugar and insulin level.
Avoid all trans fats and eat more healthy unsaturated fats.
Trans fats (found primarily in foods such as commercial baked and snack foods, animal products, french fries and some margarines) increase insulin resistance.Insulin helps move glucose from the bloodstream to the cells; resistance means it's harder to move glucose into the cells. The pancreas keeps pumping out more insulin anyway, and the result is more insulin in your bloodstream. High insulin levels cause a lot of metabolic disturbances that affect ovulation.
Get more protein from plant foods like beans and less from red meat. Plant protein (from beans, nuts, seeds and tofu) comes with healthy fats and is relatively low in calories and can be helpful for weight loss.
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Get your ideal weight
The ideal weight for conceiving is considered to be a BMI OF 18.5-24. Being too thin (a body mass index of less than 18.5) or overweight (a BMI of 25 or more) can affect your fertility and your baby's health. If you’re overweight, you’ll raise your chances of putting a bun in the oven if you slim down. Losing even a small percentage of body weight can increase fertility and decrease health risks during pregnancy. On the other hand, being too thin impacts fertility, too. Not only are you more likely to have irregular periods if you’re underweight, you’re also at risk for preterm birth once you do get pregnant, and your baby is more likely to be born at a low birth weight.
Consume one or two servings a day of whole milk or other full-fat dairy foods, such as yogurt, and less non- and low-fat dairy. Studies have found that the more low-fat dairy products in a woman's diet, the more trouble she had getting pregnant.
Have sex in the right way
Couples look forward to have a baby should get a handle on their fertility window, and then set an appropriate schedule to have sex. Experts recommend to have sex about every other day from a few days prior to ovulation until a few days after it. You guys can do it more often as well, but it may result into lowering the sperm count and quality of the man. Many people are considerate about sex positions to have and try weird ones like keeping legs in the air and what not. Please note that sperms are pretty fast swimmers and there are no fool-proof positions to get hold of them.
If you are low on any certain vitamin, or iron; make sure to include it in your medical diet. You can also consider taking a daily multivitamin that contains at least 400 micrograms of folic acid and 40-80 microgram of iron. According to a Harvard study, women who took daily multivitamins containing 400 micrograms of folic acid were 40 percent less likely to experience ovulatory infertility over the eight years than women who didn't. Make sure to consult your doctor before you buy multivitamins from an reliable online pharmacy as bad quality medicines can react adversely with your body.
Hope you find these points helpful and have a happy and memorable pregnancy!
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