Knowing how to get pregnant naturally in a world full of un-natural processes and supplements, should come as a breath of fresh air to most women wanting to conceive.
So you have made the decision that you would like to have a baby – you have stopped using birth control, and you’re even starting to pick out baby names!
The decision to have a baby is certainly an exciting one, but not many women are able to fall pregnant at the creak of a bed spring.
You need to remember that it can take many months to fall pregnant as your body needs to be in a good condition in order to conceive and bring a baby to full term.
If you are looking for ways to enhance your chances of falling pregnant, look no further. There are 7 (and more!) natural ways to increase your fertility.
#1: Listen to your body
Timing is very important when it comes to falling pregnant.
You need to understand the natural body signals that help you anticipate when you ovulate. Primary fertility signs include a change in basal body temperature, changes in the cervical mucus, breast sensitivity, increased libido and spotting.
The best time to fall pregnant is the three days just before ovulation, so you can use a calendar to mark off your monthly ovulation days. On the days before you ovulate, be sure to engage in sexual intercourse to increase to chances of conceiving.
#2: Have sex often
This seems to be the obvious answer – during your fertile period, have sex every second day to increase the amount of sperm released by the male during intercourse. Too much sex means you will run the poor guy dry!
#3: Keep away from the Karma Sutra
Your chances of conceiving are increased if you have sex in the missionary position, especially if you use a pillow underneath you to tilt your pelvis upwards.
This position allows the sperm to enter the uterus faster through the cervix.
It also helps if the woman has an orgasm the same time as the man – this causes the cervix to pulsate and draw in more sperm. After sex, lie on your back for another 15 minutes.
#4: Keep it sperm-friendly down there
Your vaginal environment should be conducive to accepting sperm. To ensure the optimum environment, avoid using any kind of scented products or sprays.
Avoid yeast infections by taking probiotics and follow a yeast-free diet. Do not use vaginal lubricants that are not sperm-friendly and do not douche.
#5: Maintain a healthy lifestyle
A healthy body means a healthy reproductive system.
Your body needs to be in good health to conceive and carry a baby to term. Being overweight or underweight will severely decrease your chances of falling pregnant as your body knows it is not able to carry a baby under the stresses of your unhealthy lifestyle.
Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in small, regular portions. You should also engage in some kind of exercise for 20-30 minutes at least 3 times a week.
Also be sure to stick to a fertility-friendly diet. Certain foods can affect your thyroid gland and cause an increase in your levels of insulin and should be avoided.
Foods that have been known to inhibit ovulation include soy products, dairy products, alcohol, trans fats, aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, caffeine and MSG. Foods that stimulate ovulation include maca and royal jelly.
#6: Avoid radiation
Four months before you try to conceive, avoid any unnecessary electromagnetic radiation.
This is important for both men and women.
These rays are emitted by laptops and cellphones, so be sure to keep your cell phone inside your purse rather than holding it, and keep your laptop on a table.
#7: Practice relaxation
When it comes to falling pregnant, any kind of stress (be it physical, emotional, or both) is an inhibitor of conception.
It is important to combat your stress using relaxation techniques such a diaphragmatic breathing, medication, yoga, and other relaxation methods.
Learn to identify the triggers of stress in your environment and learn either to avoid them, or to combat them using relaxation techniques.
Stress has a negative effect on all bodily functions, including the reproductive system. Reducing stress levels means a healthier reproductive system in both men and women.
These natural methods will increase your chances of falling pregnant as well as the time it takes to do so. If, after a year or more of trying, you are still unsuccessful, it is best to consult a medical practitioner to see if you have a medical condition affecting your fertility.