Trying to Get Pregnant
Stop all contraceptives
If you are using a method of contraception, such as the male condom, the cap, diaphragm and natural contraception, you can start trying to get pregnant as soon as you stop using any kind of protection.
With other methods such as contraceptive pills, it may take some time for your cycle to return to normal. It is best to consult your doctor for more information and guidance about this.
The following could help you with conception:
Live a healthy lifestyle
Living a healthy lifestyle can help improve the chances of pregnancy. Encourage your partner to do the same.
- Adopt a healthy diet
- Dietary tips
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Whole grains, walnuts, and wheat germ (for you)
- Oysters, vitamin C, Lycopene (antioxidants), herbs like ginseng, saw palmetto, astral Gus and macaw (for your partner)
- Avoid excessive fats or sugars
- Restrict coffee and tea
- Exercise regularly to stay fit
- Try having a stress-free life
- Its best to avoid alcohol, smoking and substance (drug abuse)
Maximize your chances of conceiving
For you the most fertile period is 14 days before the next period.
For him, frequent ejaculation through the cycle ensures that there are fresh healthy sperm available at your fertile time.
- Sperm can survive in your secretions for an average of 2-3 days
- Your egg is fertilizable only for about 12-24 hours.
Keep him cool
For good sperm health, request him to avoid exposure to heat through long-distance driving, laptops, tight under garments and hot tubs.
Other good practices
- Stay flat for about 15 minutes after intercourse
- Avoid leaping straight out of bed, wiping or washing immediately
- Avoid artificial lubricants or saliva