September 10, 2019 • Joyner Musombi
Some couples seem to get pregnant simply by talking about it, while for others it takes time. While there is no ‘magic’ formula that will take care of an issue relating to infertility, so much can be done to better a woman’s reproductive health so that she might conceive and carry healthy babies, especially with the current technology and knowledge we have gained access to. Here’s what you need to know.
Know the Underlying Cause
The only way to know what is causing infertility issues is by visiting a gynecologist. Sometimes you may have an underlying medical condition that may be related to your reproductive health or may indirectly affect this part of your life. Once you learn what is happening in your body, it will improve the chances of your doctor providing more accurate options to deal with infertility depending on the severity of the condition.
Record menstrual cycle frequency
The most important advice for a woman who wants to get pregnant is to get to know her body, specifically her menstrual cycle. She should monitor whether the first days of her periods tend to come the same number of days apart every month, which is considered regular. By tracking this information on a calendar, a woman can better predict when she might be ovulating, which is the time when her ovaries will release an egg every month. A woman’s egg is fertile for only 12 to 24 hours after its release, which is why some women have started using period tracker apps like Glow and Flo to pinpoint ovulation. Additionally, you can track moods, symptoms and lifestyle habits like sexual activity, alcohol intake, and note your medications.
Find out when you will ovulate
If a woman is getting her period on a monthly basis, but not getting pregnant, it may be because she is not ovulating. An ovulation predictor kit can be helpful to see whether a woman is, in fact, ovulating. A woman is fertile — able to become pregnant — only during a certain part of her monthly cycle. The “fertile window” spans a 6-day period, the 5 days before ovulation and the day a woman ovulates. A woman may want to begin using the home ovulation test kit about 10 days after the start of her last period, and if the test shows that ovulation isn’t occurring, it’s a great time to check in with the gynecologist.
Clean Up Your Pre-Pregnancy Diet
Having trouble conceiving can be especially puzzling when you feel that you are doing everything right, but eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important element of this. The best foods for getting pregnant are the same as those for general well-being: whole grains, healthy fats, and proteins, therefore the best advice is to:
Get in a regular exercise routine
For women who have a common condition that affects reproduction, getting into optimal shape can be the sought-after key to fertility. Cardio helps increase blood flow to the body, which is essential for reproductive health. Both yoga and pilates are very gentle forms of exercise that help strengthen your core muscles and increase blood flow. Also very relaxing and great for slowing down and de-stressing.
Regardless of your personalized plan of action, please make sure you do what feels comfortable and take it a step at a time.
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