I don’t think anybody actually uses that phrase anymore, but it’s your period. You might not have even had sex but if you do two weeks from now your pregnancy will be calculated from today! Week 1 starts with the first day of your menstrual cycle. Make sure to track it and have some fun action in two weeks time! In the meantime – take folic acid, eat healthy, exercise, relax and be happy!
- Just 20% of couples actively trying to conceive become pregnant in the first monthly cycle.
- For 75% of couples it takes six months, so be patient and try not to get too stressed if you don’t manage to conceive immediately. (It took us 3 months.)
- By tracking your menstrual cycle and understanding how it works, you may increase your chances of conceiving.
- IVF (in vitro fertilization may be an option) if a woman is having trouble conceiving. The first stage with this procedure is to stimulate the ovaries to produce may follicles, so that multiple eggs can be fertilized outside the body. Starting on around day three of our cycle, the woman is given drugs to stimulate the ovaries.
- Your diet should include foods containing B vitamins, so take a pregnancy multivitamin if needed. B1 deficiency has been linked to failed ovulation and implantation. B2 deficiency has been linked to infertility and miscarriage. B5 is important for conception and fetal development. B6 is essential for the formation and functioning sex hormone. B12, with folate, is essential to fetal development.
- Regular exercise can increase your chances of conceiving by allowing your body to work at optimum levels. If you’re fit and have a healthy lifestyle, you will reduce the level of toxins in your body and be less stressed, which makes it easier to conceive. Exercise will also regulate your energy and your blood-sugar levels, which assist the body in regulating the hormonal cycle – a key player in the reproductive process. Conversely, overexercising can adversely affect the ovulation process and make conception more difficult.
- Women at the age of 20-24 are generally at their most fertile. The rate of fertility gradually lowers in the 30s, 40s and 50s and the rate of chromosomal abnormalities and miscarriage increases. Fertility begins to fall off sharply after age 35.
- A man can continue to make sperm more or less throughout his life, so you might not expect male fertility to fall off significantly. However for those who conceived, there was a slightly higher risk of miscarrying.
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