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Health tips to increase your chances of getting pregnant

How can you increase your chances of getting pregnant? Here are some top tips to help you conceive.
Have lots of sex!

It might seem obvious, but you’re not actually going to get pregnant without having intercourse. And if you want to have the best chance, you should do it two or three times a week.

Because you’re most likely to get pregnant if you have sex around the time you ovulate, you might want to work out what time of the month this happens, so you can make sure you have sex then.

For more information, check out ‘How can I work out when I’m going to ovulate?’ in the period FAQs.

Don’t smoke

This goes for everyone! Smoking makes men produce fewer healthy sperm. And in women, it affects the hormones that make eggs mature properly. If you do get pregnant, it’s really important to stop smoking immediately, as it’s very bad for the unborn baby.

Don’t drink

Alcohol affects the hormones in your body. It makes men produce less testosterone, which means less sperm. And it makes women produce more oestrogen, which causes menstrual problems and reduces fertility.

For men, it’s been found that if you have more than a couple of small drinks a day it can affect your sperm. The best thing, of course, is not to drink at all.

For women, the same thing goes as for smoking – if you do get pregnant alcohol is really bad for the unborn baby. So if you are planning to get pregnant you should at least cut down to one small drink a day – or even better, just stick to soft drinks.

Don’t take drugs

Pretty much all drugs, from cannabis to ecstasy and cocaine, have been shown to reduce fertility. If you smoke cannabis, for example, like alcohol it can reduce sperm production in men, and it can affect ovulation in women.

And like smoking and drinking, if you do get pregnant, drugs all have very bad effects on the unborn baby – cocaine is particularly nasty. So the message is simple: if you’re planning to get pregnant, stop taking drugs.

Keep your testicles cool

Obviously, this is a tip for men only.
Testicles hang outside the body so they don’t get too warm – they need to be a bit below body temperature to make sperm. Your scrotum keeps your testicles at the right temperature by hanging them down low when you’re hot and squeezing them up high when you’re cold. So don’t wear tight underpants or trousers that make your testicles too hot. And avoid having hot baths.

Eat a varied and healthy diet

This is particularly important for women. To get pregnant and have a baby, your body needs a full range of vitamins and minerals.

What's more, for men, there’s also evidence that if you eat healthily you have more healthy sperm.

Check your weight

As a woman, if you’re underweight or overweight it can reduce your fertility.

Read more about this in fertility and weight.

Relax!

There’s evidence to show that if you’re stressed out you’re less likely to get pregnant. But relaxing can be easier said than done as the months go by and you start worrying you might not be able to get pregnant. And having sex can start to feel like a chore. So make sure you spend quality time with your partner, not just baby-making time.

Did you learn something new?

Comments

Dear Reachel, if you have been trying to get pregnant for longer than twelve months it is important that you consult a specialist who may conduct test ans further advice. Speak to your health care provider who will be able to refer you to a specialist. Have a look at the following article for additional information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

Hi Viola, thank you for reaching out to us. We understand your need. Sometimes it seems like getting pregnant is straight forward but it could be a little difficult. The thing is you need to keep at it. This article has information on the issue that should be of help.

https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

Hey Doris, congratulations on your pregnancy. What you need now is to eat healthy or a balanced diet for your own health and that of your baby. What you want is a healthy baby, how the baby looks is a matter of genes and you have no control over this when you are already pregnant. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/being-pregnant/how-the-baby-develops

I have not had my periods for the last 7months. I don't use contraceptives what could be the issue. .will I get pregnant?
Missed or late periods happen for many reasons other than pregnancy. Common causes include hormonal imbalances, a lot of stress, extreme exercise, weight loss or weight gain, eating disorders, or it could be your body still working out your cycle. It is important you visit a medical provider to find out what the reason for this is and for possible treatment. You can still get pregnant, a good place to start is the medical centre. We wish you well. heck out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/our-bodies/female-body/not-going-with-the-flow
Hi Salome, safe days are one of the most unreliable ways to prevent pregnancy. When your safe days are really depends on the length of your cycle. The first seven days before and after your period, as well as the time of your period, are relatively safe. But, if you have a shorter cycle (shorter than 28 days), or an irregular one, this will vary. Also keep in mind that sperm can survive for up to five days and longer inside the body- so even if you have sex on a 'safe' day, you can still get pregnant, because the sperm survived until your ovulation date. This is why it's a very inaccurate. And lastly, this won't protect you from STDs. Only condoms will. Check out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation
Safe days are the first 10days from day one of periods and then from 11th day to 17th day is when I'm fertile then from 18th day and onwards I'm again safe, is it true?
Hi Maggy, safe days are one of the most unreliable ways to prevent pregnancy. When your safe days are really depends on the length of your cycle. The first seven days before and after your period, as well as the time of your period, are relatively safe. But, if you have a shorter cycle (shorter than 28 days), or an irregular one, this will vary. Also keep in mind that sperm can survive for up to five days and longer inside the body- so even if you have sex on a 'safe' day, you can still get pregnant, because the sperm survived until your ovulation date. This is why it's a very inaccurate. And lastly, this won't protect you from STDs. Only condoms will. Check out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation
Hi Mose, periods can delay for a number of reasons including weight gain or weight loss, change in environment, hormonal imbalance issues, use of a birth control method, extreme sport and even stress. You may want to consult a health provider to find out what could be causing the delay or irregular period. Check out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation
Hello Ronald, so sorry about this. It is important you seek the services of a Specialist-Gynecologist, who may conduct tests to find what the issue could be. A woman who has had a miscarriage can still get pregnant and carry the pregnancy to term. Plan and visit a Gynecologist together for further advice. Check out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/pregnancy/being-pregnant/miscarriage-top-facts
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