Getting pregnant is not easy for everyone.
Some women just have sex, and boom! Baby number 1 is on the way! But there are others who have done everything in the world just to see those two lines in their test and to no avail.
So, if you’re ready to take the plunge of parenthood, but your body isn’t, here are some natural ways to boost your fertility.
1. Get healthy.
Health is everything for a woman who want to conceive. Eat well and drink lots of water. If you’re a smoker, quit now. Also, limit the number of coffee you drink. While there’s no evidence that caffeine in coffee could affect a woman’s fertility but drinking around 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day while trying to conceive is considered generally safe.
2. Monitor your cycle.
Start charting your cycle (especially if you are not regular). You can use an ovulation calendar or fertility calculator to help you determine the length of your cycle and the day of a particular month when you’re most fertile. By tracking your cycle, you’ll see the patterns in your cycle to help you assess the best time to conceive.
3. Know your cervical mucus.
The quality of your cervical mucus helps you identify when you’re fertile or not. This will also tell you when your ovulation is done, which happens when your mucus has thickened. You will be least fertile right after your period, and you will be most when your cervical mucus looks like egg whites — stretchy and clear. This is when your chances of getting pregnant goes up.
4. Make sure your partner stays out of the spa.
When you and your partner decide to have a baby, make sure he stays out of the spa and other hot areas. Studies show that there is a ‘significant reduction in sperm count when the testes are repeatedly exposed to heat.’ It could also take four to six months after being exposed to heat for a man’s sperm count to go back to normal.
5. Have sex AT LEAST once every two days.
The ideal sperm count for conception to happen should be at least 20 million parts per milliliter, but chances of conception goes higher if the count goes up to at least 40-50 million/mL.
If your partner does not meet the ideal count, it is best that he is given a day off between ejaculations so his sperm count is high enough for conception to occur. It is said that ejaculating every two to three days keeps the sperm healthy. But if your partner goes to more than three days without ejaculating, while his sperm count may increase, there is ‘a proportion of dead, immotile and morphologically abnormal sperm’ which lessens the chances for conception.