If you believe how it happens in the movies, a couple decides to begin a family and–within a week–the woman is at the doctor receiving a due date. In real life, however, it is not always that simple. You do not have to lose the romance with your partner, but some planning and knowledge can increase your ability to conceive.
Make sure you are having sex daily during the days that you are most likely to become pregnant. You can purchase an ovulation kit at your local drug store and test yourself 14 to 18 days after the start of each period to determine when you are most likely to conceive.
Take supplemental folic acid on a daily basis, beginning three months before the month you wish to get pregnant. This will not only help you be as healthy as possible, which in turn will increase your odds of conception, but when you do get pregnant, you will reduce your chances of having a baby with neural defects. .
Maintain a fun sex life. Different rooms, different times of day, role-playing games and different positions will keep sex from becoming routine. By making it more fun, you will be less apt to become bored and you will be more willing to have sex as often as possible in the attempt to conceive. After having sex, continue to lay in bed for five minutes to give the sperm an easier path to the egg. Jumping up immediately, creates a gravity problem that draws the sperm away from the egg.
Remove your exposure to hazardous substances or chemicals at the workplace and at home. They can reduce your ability to conceive and can impact the quality of your partner’s sperm.
Avoid using scented vaginal sprays, tampons or douches as all scented chemicals can alter the cervical mucus and interfere with conception.
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