Monday, November 29, 2010

Best Ways to Get Pregnant

These "best ways to get pregnant" are basic tips for getting pregnant. As with anything, getting pregnant depends on your body, genetics, and lifestyle. And don't forget about your partner! Both of you need to get as healthy as possible -- which may include getting a fertility test.

But before you worry about fertility tests, make sure you're following the basic guidelines for getting pregnant...

Best Ways to Get Pregnant

Know when you are ovulating. Ovulation is the only time of month you can get pregnant, so you need to know when your fertile days are! You need to introduce the egg to the sperm at the exact right time — and you don’t have a huge window of opportunity. You could take your temperature to predict ovulation, but fertility monitor test sticks are more reliable. Ovulation predictor kits or fertility monitor test sticks are popular, affordable ways to determine your most fertile time of month.

Eat antioxidants to improve sperm health. Antioxidants prevent cell damage from free radicals. Free radicals are produced naturally by your body when it breaks down your food, but are also created when you’re exposed to things like toxic chemicals, radiation, cigarette smoke, or pollution. Since sperm are also cells, you can make sperm healthy by adding antioxidants to your diet. In fact, researchers have found that men who took antioxidants in supplement form had less DNA damaged sperm than men who did not take antioxidants. Some researchers found that couples had higher pregnancy rates if the men took additional antioxidants. To learn which foods contain the highest amounts of antioxidants, read 5 Foods That Increase Sperm Count, Production, and Motility.

Remember that not getting pregnant isn’t just a “female problem.” Infertility seems like a woman’s issue, but at least 33% of problems getting pregnant are due to male infertility. About 33% is due to unexplained infertility, and 33% is because of female infertility. If you can’t get pregnant, make sure that both you and your partner take a few fertility tests — there are even some at-home fertility tests that are effective and easy. Conceiving a baby takes time and effort…and a bit of humility. 

Research the basic pregnancy tips on how to get pregnant. Researching the best ways to get pregnant on the internet is fine, but take what you read with a grain of salt! Not everything you read is fact — and not all tips for getting pregnant apply to all people. For instance, some pregnancy websites say that increasing zinc will increase sperm production. But, if a man isn’t producing sperm in the first place, then all the zinc in the world won’t help. I encourage you to read books like Taking Charge of Your Fertility for basic, solid pregnancy information.

These are just a few tips for getting pregnant! To learn more, read The Best Ways to Get Pregnant - Infertility Solutions.

And if you have any tips or questions, please comment below!

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