The DOs and DON’Ts of Getting Pregnant

For some couples, trying to get pregnant isn’t as easy as other’s make it seem. If you have been trying for a while with no success, check out this list of do’s and don’ts and see if there is anything you need to change in your life and maybe you will have a baby soon in your future.

WOMEN

Do have a visit with your OBGYN to get some blood tests done. Make sure there isn’t anything causing you to not get pregnant.
Do take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid.
Do use an ovulation predictor kit.
Do find your ideal body weight. A good BMI (body mass index) is between 20 and 30.
Do enjoy having sex. The more you enjoy it, the more your body produces cervical mucus that the sperm can swim in.
Do elevate your hips on a pillow after having sex for 15 minutes.
Do improve your diet. Eat several servings of fruit, vegetables, grains such as whole wheat bread, and calcium-rich foods such as yogurt, cheese, and milk every day.
Do limit the amount of caffeinated drinks consumed. I cup a day is ok.

Don’t wait until the day you ovulate to have sex. Your egg can only live up to 24 hours, where sperm can live up to 5 days in your body.
Don’t rely on the Calendar method to predict when you are going to ovulate.
Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or do drugs.
Don’t use vaginal sprays, scented tampons, lubricants and douching. These create a hostile environment for the sperm.
Don’t use saunas, hot tubs or take hot bathes.
Don’t consume fish that are high in mercury. Such fish are swordfish, tilefish, shark or king mackerel.

MEN

Do have sex in the morning. Your sperm is at its highest count at this time of day.
Do have sex at least 3 times a week.
Do have sex in positions that keep the sperm in the vagina as long as possible.
Do find your ideal body weight.
Do enjoy having sex. The bigger orgasm, the more sperm will be ejaculated.
Do limit the amount of caffeinated drinks consumed. 1 cup a day is ok.
Do improve your diet. Eat several servings of fruit, vegetables, grains such as whole wheat bread, and calcium-rich foods such as yogurt, cheese, and milk every day.

Don’t wear tight briefs or tight fitting pants.
Don’t use a laptop in your lap for long periods of time. The heat can damage your sperm count and quality.
Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or do drugs.
Don’t eat a diet high in soy foods.
Don’t go on long bike rides.
Don’t have sex in positions where the woman is on top.

Remember that even if everything is perfect, you only have a 20-25% chance of getting pregnant each month. It usually takes at least 6 months to a year for the average couple to get pregnant. If you have been trying for more than a year, consult with a fertility specialist.

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