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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
Charles
Thu, 10/17/2019 - 02:14 pm
My wife is 24 years but we have been trying to have a baby for nearly 12 months now with no success. We are young and very health no child bearing problems from either family. what might be the problem?
I've been married for 10months now, no sign of pregnancy after taken clomid. One thing I've observed is that after sex, the sperm released inside if me goes out even after hanging my legs up for an hour. Help me

Hi Cheta, first, it may take upto twelve months for one to get pregnant but when this time is exceeded it is important for one to seek the services of a specialist. Secondly, it is normal for semen to spill out of the vagina after having sex, this however doesn't stop one from getting pregnant. Infact you don't really have to 'hang' your legs for an hour. Some of the semen is going to spill out either way. Have a look at the following article for more tips on getting pregnant;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

Hey Bry, yes it is possible to get pregnant the first you have sex. If one doesn't wish to get pregnant, they should consider using condoms which will not only prevent unplanned pregnancy but also keep one sex from Sexually Transmitted Infections. 

Hi Joy, thank you for reaching out to us. This is a great question. This article has information that should help answer your question and any other questions you may have.

https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/sex-during-pregnancy-top-five-facts

Dr code
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 03:30 pm
Its really helpful to get a guide line or tips which help people, many people do have problem in various marriage today, they find it difficult to conceived,without founding what the problem is let's seek solution from God and also see our doctors for help thanks.
Love Matters
Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:39 pm

Hello Anonymous, thank you for reaching out to us and asking a great question. Click here to find out more: https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/eight-tips-to-keep-your-sperm-healthy

Am Joyce
Fri, 06/19/2020 - 01:13 pm
Am trying to conceive but not yes 6month now what could be the problems. And I have even realised that my period is very short cycle and thin

Hello Am Joyce, thank you for reaching out to us and we are so sorry to hear that you are going through a hard time. The following factors can cause periods to be lighter than usual:

Age: Period flow can vary throughout a person’s lifetime. Early periods are usually lighter and may only involve spotting. They become more regular when a person is in their 20s and 30s. In their late 30s and 40s, people may develop heavier and shorter periods. They may skip months without periods, and have a heavier period later. Periods often then become lighter and more irregular during perimenopause.

A lack of ovulation: Sometimes a woman has irregular periods because her body does not release an egg, which is known as anovulation. This can lead to lighter or irregular periods.

Being underweight: People who are underweight may notice their periods are very light or stop altogether. This change happens because their levels of body fat drop so low that they do not ovulate regularly. Exercising too much is another cause of light or absent periods and may also be linked to being underweight.

Medical conditions: Medical conditions that affect hormones in the body, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and thyroid-related conditions, can affect a person’s menstrual cycle.

Stress: Periods of stress can affect the body’s hormonal balances, which can interrupt the regular menstrual cycles.

Birth control pills may cause periods to become lighter.

When people start taking birth control pills, they may notice their periods get lighter and lighter.

This reduction in blood flow may be because the hormone dosages in birth control pills are low and do not stimulate the uterus to build up a thick lining. As a result, a woman may have a light period because there is minimal uterine lining to shed.

This may also occur in people using the hormonal IUD, contraceptive implant, or injection, as these cause thinning of the uterine lining.

In certain cases, a doctor may recommend that someone with light periods takes birth control to help regulate their cycle. Some types of birth control contain hormones that can help an individual’s cycle to become more consistent.

if your blood becomes thinner or watery or you experience a watery discharge of any color, it could be a symptom of anemia or a tumor. If your period blood gets thinner over two or three cycles, talk to your doctor about being tested for nutritional deficiencies or a fallopian tumor.

Love Matters
Sat, 11/14/2020 - 01:31 pm

Hi Wesley, thank you for getting in touch and asking a great question. Although the link between marijuana and fertility is not straightforward—plenty of marijuana smokers get pregnant and get their partners pregnant—some research has demonstrated that marijuana use can negatively impact you, your partner, or the fertility of both of you.

Research suggests that marijuana can negatively affect female fertility in the following ways:

- Decreases libido. Even before intercourse takes place, marijuana use may decrease libido. And if you aren't feeling in the mood, it's that much more difficult to get started.

- Increases the risk of miscarriage. Marijuana use also increases the risk of miscarriage. Marijuana is known to cross the placenta and may pose a risk to the fetus, although the effects of marijuana exposure in the womb are not as well documented as the effects of alcohol and some other drugs.

Furthermore, the effects of marijuana on fertility seem to accumulate over time. This means that although teenage girls who smoke marijuana are more likely to get pregnant, by the time a chronic marijuana smoking woman is in her mid-twenties, she may be more likely to experience a delay in getting pregnant.

Despite the relaxation effects that many people associate with marijuana use, research has shown marijuana has negative effects on the male sexual response too as below suggests:

- Increases impotence. Cannabis use has been associated with sexual dysfunction, which can also have negative effects on the male ego. If your partner has been impotent, he may be feeling more pressure to have sex to get you pregnant, but be frustrated with his inability to do so. This can lead to misunderstandings between you that make it more difficult to have sex.

- May lead to premature ejaculation. Marijuana use has been associated with premature ejaculation.

- May decrease sperm count. A regular smoker of marijuana has the risk of having a lower sperm count.

- Affects sperm structure and function. Additionally, the sperm produced by marijuana smoking has been associated with abnormal morphology (shape) and motility (its ability to "swim" and fertilize the egg).

rhominah
Wed, 01/13/2021 - 06:05 pm
I have tried to conceive for ten mons now and had missed my periods 3months then had the periods this month is the chances of getting pregnant?
Freddie
Fri, 01/15/2021 - 10:14 pm

Hello rhominah, thank you for getting in touch with us and we are so sorry you are going through a hard time. Irregular *emenstruation can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include family history of irregular menstruation, menopause or menarche, physical stress, psychological stress, smoking or medication side effects. If you are concerned that your irregular periods may be causing you not to concieve, click on the following link to find out more:

https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/not-going-with-the-flow

After going through the article and you feel that this is a medical issue, we strongly advise you to see a medical professional for a comprehensive diagnosis. 
Here is a list of health institutions that should be of help
https://lovemattersafrica.com/get-help/clinics  

Keep us posted and we are here for you!

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