Trying to get pregnant isn’t always as easy as you’d like. For all the effort you may have put into preventing unwanted pregnancy when you’re not ready, it can take even more planning and preparation to ensure a pregnancy when the time comes!
Today we’re taking a look at how you can maximise your fertility, and give yourself an improved chance to get pregnant soon after you start trying, so you can move on to the next stage of your journey towards parenthood.
Finding your Peak Fertility
A woman’s fertility rises and falls over the course of her menstrual cycle – there are days when there’s simply no chance of conception happening, because there’s no egg available for the sperm to fertilise. Other times, you have a boosted chance for a successful conception, because the lifespan of both sperm and eggs overlap, they have an opportunity to meet!
Identifying this time of peak fertility – your fertile window – means tracking when you ovulate. Your fertile window is anchored by the date you ovulate: when you know the date of ovulation you count back to the first day when sperm could survive long enough to reach that ovulation date. Sperm, on average, can survive up to five days after ejaculation, and the egg remains fertile for up to 24 hours. That gives you a six day window in which you are at your most fertile, and trying to conceive in this time is most likely to result in success.
Using a fertility kit can give you an insight here, and get you a prediction of your fertility that you can use to make your plans for pregnancy.
Healthy Eggs and Sperm
The lifespans of those key reproductive cells that we gave above are the maximums – and those maximums are eroded down by health issues and lifestyle choices. You can boost your fertility by making sure your cells – eggs or sperm – have the longest possible lifespan.
Cutting out drinking or smoking should be your first step – if you haven’t already. There are no two more serious things that can have an impact on your reproductive health (at least, that you do voluntarily). Fortunately, if you cut them out of your routine, you’ll the effects reversed within three months.
You can also include more leafy green vegetables in your diet, to give men the building blocks of health sperm, and women a boost of the nutrients that support a regular menstrual cycle so you can plan around your fertile days more easily.
You could also investigate dietary supplements like Inositol, that can help restore balance with conditions like PCOS.