First of all, be frank with your partner and ask your partner to do the same. Open the channels of communication and share your feelings.
Here are our five top tips on how to boost your chances of getting pregnant:
- Try to be calm. Having a baby might feel like being on an emotional rollercoaster, but a serene outlook can help conception - being stressed won’t. Seek support from your family and friends - knowing they are rooting for you will uplift your mood and make you feel more positive.
- See your doctor. Have a good chat with your healthcare professional to make sure you are in good health. Discuss taking prenatal vitamins - folic acid in particular is very important during the first trimester of pregnancy. Start taking 400 micrograms (400µg) folic acid supplement every day if you are planning a pregnancy in addition to the folate rich foods in your diet (some fruits, green leafy vegetables, dried beans and legumes). It is important to take folic acid for at least two months before you become pregnant. Taking enough folic acid to helps reduce the risk of your baby developing neural tube defects (NTDs). (NTDs are a major group of birth defects that occur when the brain, spinal cord has not developed properly). Some pre-pregnancy supplements contain folic acid. It is best to discuss their use with your doctor.
- Don’t smoke, drink or take drugs. This may sound like common sense but some women and men still smoke or drink alcohol while trying to conceive, which may affect fertility. If you are taking strong medication, talk to your doctor. Remember to overhaul your diet as eating nutrient-rich foods will help too.
- Have regular sex – fertility experts recommend having sex three times a week. Remember that there is only a small fertile window of time each month to get pregnant – while sperm can last up to seven days, the egg only survives up to 24 hours. Get to know your cycle and recognise your most fertile times.
- Don’t despair, get advice - most women conceive within a year but it all depends on your health, age and your partner’s sperm count. If you don’t get pregnant within a year, consult your doctor.