The beginning of the year is typically a time where people focus on the things they want for the next 12 months. It might be a new career or promotion, perhaps getting in more control of their finances, or simply improving their health and fitness by focusing on some self-improvement. A big change that many people consider at this time of year is becoming a parent or adding to their already existing family. It can certainly be an exciting decision to make. However, trying to conceive can be an emotional roller coaster for many couples to endure. While the excitement is there, it can equally be heartbreaking each month when you have been trying and don’t receive a positive pregnancy test.
It’s never an easy thing to go through, and taking those tests doesn’t get any easier as you put more and more hope on it. But, there are many things you can do to get back on track, physically and mentally. But the first thing you and your partner must do is support each other throughout the whole journey. This is an emotional time for all involved, even the rest of the family. May some of this advice help you get back on track and finally get what you have been hoping for.
Looking after your body and focusing on how you nourish it can have a big effect on your chances of conceiving. We are all well aware that our bodies don’t perform as well as they can do when they are fueled on too much caffeine, alcohol and junk food. You need to really focus on getting a good intake of protein, vitamin C and vitamin D in your diet. Be sure to include protein rich foods, such as meat, eggs, fish and beans in some meals. Another recommendation is to take a Folic Acid supplement during the time of conception and a multivitamin during the conceiving phase. There are specific supplements you can buy that have been formulated especially for women who are trying to get pregnant. But it can also have a big impact on the baby’s development in the first few weeks of life.
Get checked out
Sometimes there is an underlying problem causing the delay in conceiving a child. Often these things can go unnoticed until you get checked out. Examples are polycystic ovaries, hormonal imbalances, and issues with male fertility like sperm count. For females, there are ways to combat things like polycystic ovaries. The best advice would be to seek some guidance from a fertility specialist to determine if there are any issues that need addressing. However, you may find that you have to consider other options if wanting to become parents, and this might mean considering things like surrogacy or IVF. It may sound scary or costly, but there are some affordable IVF options out there, and speaking to your GP and other doctors will best advise you on the right course of action to take for you and your partner.
Think before having a drink
Trying to conceive can be a bit of a minefield and it may feel like even during the conception phase you are acting like you are already pregnant, but being mindful of the choices you make can really increase your chances of getting pregnant. You know that you should reduce your intake of caffeine and stop consuming alcohol during pregnancy. But are you taking the same precautions while trying to conceive? Alcohol affects estrogen levels, and can cause problems conceiving a child. It has an effect on egg implantation and can delay your chances of conceiving quickly. This is why it’s worth having the same attitude when trying to conceive as you would when pregnant.
Reduce the amount of stress you have
Stress can have a big impact on your mindset. We all know that when something is bothering us it can really affect our daily routines and our sleep intake. This is why if you are worrying about issues going on in your life it could be deterring your chances of getting pregnant as you are not relaxed in body and mind. It may sound obvious, or it might even be difficult to do, but try and reduce the amount of stress in your life. A great way is to focus on your mind and perhaps try out some alternative ways to unwind at the end of the day. You may want to take up meditation to try and alleviate some stress or even some gentle exercise like Yoga. While your life can’t stop completely, it’s worth taking extra special care of yourself during this time.
Be up to speed with your cycle
Conceiving can be confusing, so it’s really worth getting to know your body a little more and being in tune with your menstrual cycle. This can help you know what is coming and highlight some of the ideal points of the month where conception has a greater chance of success. There are even apps you can download on your phone that, by inputting your menstrual cycle details, can highlight when ovulation is likely to take place, which means the best chances of conception. Being more aware of this can help you move forward with your trying to conceive journey and it can also provide and doctors or medical professionals with knowledge on your cycles, if they need to identify whether there are any further reasons why you may not be conceiving as quickly as you had hoped.
The best piece of advice would be to try and not focus too much on things. Just get busy in the bedroom and have some fun. Often when you put too much focus and make this all you think about it, it can have a negative impact on your chances as your stress levels heighten without even realizing it. Good luck!