It has been estimated that 70% of couples trying to conceive lack the necessary basic knowledge how their reproductive system functions, and how they take can the advantage to become pregnant naturally.
That’s the reason for this article.
Conception is both a science and an art in the practical sense, and there are practices, charts and tools you should be aware of, if getting pregnant has been of a major challenge to you; more especially if there are underlying organic or physiologic issues preventing you from becoming pregnant.
Things you should start doing right now to increase your chances of becoming pregnant:
If you are planning on getting pregnant then knowing the right and necessary nutrients for your reproduction is basic.
In your journey of fertility, you certainly have to embark on a strict fertility diet menu that will help boost your fertility, and that of your partner, to get you ready for parenthood.
What is fertility diet?
They are made up of highly nutritious, nourishing and replenishing diets and vitamins that prepares your body for conception.
Here are examples of some enriching vitamins and their sources:
- Vitamin D: Creates sex hormones and hormonal balance
Food Source: fatty fish, cod liver oil, eggs.
- Vitamin E: Improves sperm health and motility in men
Food source: almonds, spinach, pawpaw, dark leafy greens.
- CoEnzyme Q10: Increases ova and sperm health and protects cells from free radical damage.
Food source: seafood, organic meat
- Vitamin C: Improves hormonal levels and increases luteal phase and prevents miscarriage.
Food source: tomatoes, potatoes, citrus fruits like oranges; water melon.
- Folic Acid: A great vitamins for pregnancy, it prevents birth defects like neural tube defect, cleft lips, limb defect in infants.
Food source: liver, spinach, black beans, lentil.
- Zinc: Helps for proper cell functioning; prevents miscarriage, and in men boosts sperm count, motility and morphology.
Food source: pumpkin seeds, yogurts, beef, oysters, calf liver, turkey, green peas, shrimps.
- Vitamin B6: A hormone regulator, and has been shown to optimize blood sugar.
Food source: cauliflower, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, banana, liver, turkey.
- Time Your Ovulation:
Ovulation is the period a woman is most fertile to get pregnant, which is specifically the 14th day (mid cycle) of a normal and regular menstrual cycle of 28 days, in a woman that has not attained menopause yet.
Although, the duration of normal menstruation can vary in some women between 21-35 days, while in most women the menstrual length is usually 28 days.
Now, assuming your menstruate cycle fall into the range of 28-day cycle, it then means that your ovulation day will be on the 14th day, counting from the first day you started seeing your period. This is your fertility window, and this is the most fertile period that you and your partner should be bonding, to heighten your chances of becoming pregnant quickly.
However, there are natural methods and tools that can help you predict when you are approaching ovulation and day you will eventually ovulate, which are by:
- Checking the texture/nature of your cervical mucus secretion (inside your underwear).
- Checking your body basal temperature (usually in the morning)
- Using Ovulation Predictor Kits (sold over-the-counter)
- Sexual Position
Sex pattern positioning is one impedance that can affect a couple’s ability to get pregnant; while in the male counterpart, the issue of the sperm dripping away from a woman’s vagina has also in this regard posed a great threat preventing conception from taking place, as the ejaculate is unable to make it through into the woman’s cervical os (womb) to meet the egg for fertility to occur.
This can really be a painful and frustrating occurrence, however can be ameliorated by your being creative in your lovemaking acts.
Hence, the recommended position that will salvage this problem is “the Missionary Style or Position.” Here the female partner lies on her back on the bed facing the ceiling, while the male partner penetrates her frontally; lifting her two legs up from the knee level.
The advantage is that, gravity will help to suck up the male ejaculate (sperm) into the cervical os (womb) where there are abundant pool of cervical mucus (vaginal fluid) already waiting to help transport the sperm cells towards the egg, for fertilization.
Nowadays, we are steadily bombarded with different kinds of chemicals and biological wastes like ever before since the advent of the industrial age, and this has unfortunately exposed us to dangerous toxins that are unfit for healthy living, affecting our reproductive health and quality of life.
Toxins enter the body from our environment; the foods we eat, the water we drink including the packages that come with the water/food; the kind of cosmetics we apply our skin, perfumes we wear, and the use of certain nail polishes.
According to research, these have been found to affect a couple’s chances of becoming pregnant by their activity of posing as hormones (hormone mimickers), and thus disrupting the endocrine functions, and finally resulting to infertility problems like:
- Poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Cancer of the cervix
- Low sperm count
- Luteal phase defect (low progesterone)
- A Healthy Body Weight
Being over-weight is major risk factor and can put a negative strain on your reproductive health, and impede your natural ability to conceive.
Obesity in this regard, is the imbalance between energy you take in (orally) and the energy you expend physically.
This aberration can go a long way in creating adverse health problems in your body, and negatively altering the normalcy of your endocrine system, especially hyperinsulinemia (too much insulin) which is known to trigger chronic metabolic conditions like Metabolic syndrome (syndrome X); Diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure etc. which can greatly affect your ability to become pregnant naturally.
Other fertility issues that can arise from obesity are:
- Anovulation (inability to ovulate)
- Poly cystic ovarian syndrome
And in MEN:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (a congenital abnormality of the testicles)
With that in mind, it’s very important you review your dietary intake, and embark on a regular exercise; aiming to keep a normal Body Mass Index (total body fat) of 19 – 25.5kg/m2 that is scientifically compatible for fertility and conception.
- Lifestyle Changes
The reason most couples trying to conceive encounter several challenges in their journey to conception, even after fulfilling other fertility rituals is simple, INDISCIPLINE.
Yes, many couples personally I have encountered in the medical practice, I have discovered are habitually undisciplined in their lifestyle habits.
To enlighten you a little bit.
The human body is a very intelligent and complex biological machine; designed to function under the right and balanced condition. The body has a unique purpose, and that is..
“To serve you Well or keep you Unwell.”
Bad lifestyle habits that will frustrate your efforts towards conception are:
- Cigarette smoking.
- Consumption of coffee.
- Obesity/weight gain.
- Drinking alcohol.
- Excessive exposure to mobile phone electro-magnetic radiation.
- Too much exercise & excessive weight loss.
On the spiritual, please consider taking this prayer points serious
- O God of Rachel, hearken unto me and roll away my reproach.
- Every curse of bareness in my life, break by the blood of Jesus.
- You suicide thought troubling my mind, I cast you out in Jesus name.
- Spirit to hold unto Jesus in trouble, consume me.
- I shall laugh last and best in Jesus name.
- My shame be turned into glory for Christ’s sake.
- O Lord do not allow Satan to test my faith in you.