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When you’re pregnant, there are many things that you can do to help increase your chances of conceiving faster. If you have been struggling to become pregnant, there is a good chance that you can speed up the process if you try some of the following methods to improve your fertility.

1. Weight management

Research has shown that your weight can have a huge impact on your fertility. While many people may believe that this only applies to those who are overweight, underweight women also have issues with this as well.

Also, this area is often overlooked when it comes to having issues with conception and can be one of the leading causes that women have trouble becoming pregnant. Weight issues, however, don’t stop with the women; men can also have fertility issues due to weight as well. Overweight men tend to have lower sperm counts and will therefore have a more difficult time getting their partner pregnant.

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Research has shown that women who have a BMI of between 25 and 39 and are considered overweight or obese have seen an increase in the time it takes for them to get pregnant by twice the amount of someone who is considered in the normal BMI range. This timeframe is even more for women who are under a BMI of 19.

2. Protecting the sperm

Many believe that keeping a testes cool are while you’re trying to get pregnant help increase the amount of sperm as well as motility of the sperm. It is also best to keep laptops away from your lap for extended periods of time as well as avoid sitting in hot places, such as a hot tub throughout the day.

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Certain chemicals that you come in contact with throughout the day can also decrease the amount of sperm that you have, as well as motility of it. It is best to stay healthy so that you can protect the sperm and give your partner a better chance of becoming pregnant sooner.

3. Avoid caffeine

Caffeine and alcohol have both been shown to decrease a woman’s fertility. However, it is shown that having one or 2 cups of coffee each day will not affect you much. The differences in fertility begin appearing for women who have more than 5 cups a day. It is best to stay under 200 to 250 mg of caffeine each day.

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Alcohol seems to have a variety of effects on a woman’s fertility and it is difficult to determine exactly how much is okay. One study that has been conducted, showed that women who drink to alcoholic beverages each day find that there fertility has been decreased by over 50%.

4. Smoking

Smoking can affect both men and women when they are trying to become pregnant. In women, it can affect the egg and how receptive the uterus is to it. Men have found that smoking can reduce sperm production and damage the DNA of the sperm. It is suggested that you stop smoking while you are pregnant because it can boost the risk of a miscarriage. However, many people do not realize that smoking can actually prevent you from becoming pregnant in the first place.

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5. Tracking your ovulation cycle

One of the best ways that you can help improve your fertility and increase the chances of conceiving is to make sure that you are keeping track of when you ovulate. There are many tools that you can use to do this and the process is fairly simple.

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One of the most effective ways is by using a basal thermometer and checking your temperature daily. You can also benefit from using ovulation kits that can help you determine when you are ovulating, before ovulation occurs.

6. Conclusion

There are many ways that you can help increase your chances of conceiving faster. It is important that you take care of your body and keep healthy during the process. You should eat right and exercise as well as set up a preconception appointment with your doctor. Taking a prenatal vitamin can also be a huge benefit as well.

If you find that you are still struggling to become pregnant after a year, you should talk to your doctor. If you are over the age of 35, you should talk to your doctor when you have been trying for over six months.



Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.

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