- Posted On: September 27, 2012
- Categories: Informational Articles
Are you trying to become pregnant? Follow these pregnancy tips from Oregon Reproductive Medicine and our fertility doctors to increase your chances.
Tips for getting pregnant
For many couples, getting pregnant and starting a family isn’t as straightforward or simple as some might think. Whether couples have been trying for a pregnancy just a few weeks or months, or if they have been trying to get pregnant for years, many look for advice, treatments, or tips for getting pregnant. A couple is considered infertile if they have been trying to become pregnant over many months and have been unable to conceive.
Thankfully, there are several very simple things both men and women can do immediately – and with no medical intervention – to increase their fertility and their chances in getting pregnant.
Pregnancy Tip 1 – Quit Smoking
While the health risks of smoking have been made very obvious over the last decades, many do not know that smoking also relates to lowering fertility. It also affects how receptive the uterus is to implantation of an egg, and raises the risks of miscarriage significantly. In addition, smoking has been shown to damage sperm DNA, as well as reduce healthy sperm production in men. In other words, quitting smoking is an important step for couples who want to get pregnant.
Pregnancy Tip 2 – Reduce/Eliminate Alcohol and Caffeine
It’s true: both alcohol and caffeine affect fertility in both men and women. Cutting down (or cutting out) on both caffeine and alcohol can increase fertility and the chances of getting pregnant.
Pregnancy Tip 3 – Healthy Diet and Exercise
Obesity is a significant factor in both male and female infertility. Being in good physical shape and eating a healthy, nutritious diet will also increase fertility and the odds of getting pregnant. Eating or exercising both too much or too little puts your body under stress, which affects fertility. Eating a balanced diet and getting the proper amount of exercise will give you the optimal shot of getting pregnant.
Pregnancy Tip 4 – Have Regular Intercourse
Perhaps it sounds a bit obvious – if you want to become pregnant, you need to have sex – but even 5 days without intercourse can affect sperm count, and ovulation cycles can be very unpredictable, so having regular intercourse is integral to getting pregnant. Usually ovulation happens about 14 days before the menstrual cycle, and while tracking ovulation is important, having regular sexual intercourse while not ovulating increases the chance of pregnancy.
Learn More Tips About Increasing Fertility and Getting Pregnant
You can find out more tips about how women and couples are successfully increasing their chances of pregnancy at a free informational seminar, where doctors from Oregon Reproductive Medicine answer all your questions and discuss the promising treatments now available.
Our events take place across the country, and we may be visiting your city soon.