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Maybe you’re having trouble getting pregnant, maybe – like me – you just started trying but are just getting impatient, or maybe you’re just thinking about having a baby and want to be prepared.
Whatever your situation is, though, there are certain things that you can do and tools you can use in order to improve your chances of conceiving.
Since this has been on my mind for the past 2 months since my husband and I have been actually trying to conceive, I thought I’d share 10 things that can help the process of trying to conceive!
Here we go…
1. Helpful books
Knowledge is the most powerful tool you can have in pretty much any situation, and trying to get pregnant is definitely one of those situations! It’s a good idea to get a better understanding of how our bodies work, when the best time of the month to try is, how to improve sperm count, and other related topics. One book that I recommend for this is How to Get Pregnant Naturally. It has a lot of information about fertility, packed into 5 short chapters with no fluff. It’s also super inexpensive, which is always a plus!
2. Helpful apps
Some couples get pregnant on the first try (or without trying at all!) but many women need to plan out the right time to conceive. This could be tricky but thanks to technology, it doesn’t have to be. There are so many helpful fertility tracking apps out there! I use Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker. This is only my second month of actively trying, but I find it helpful and pretty accurate so far!
3. The Stork
I wrote a post about the Stork OTC a while back. I received mine back in March and I honestly haven’t used it yet (I was waiting to see if we conceived naturally last month first). I’m going to be trying it out this month though and after reading so many success stories, I’m hoping that it will help and being optimistic about it. It delivers 3.23x higher sperm concentration to your cervix and it has the same success rate of IUI for a much lower price. Overall, it seems like a pretty freaking awesome product.
I was curious as to why it only had a 3 star rating on Amazon so I read what people were saying. Since I want to be honest with you all when recommending products, I wanted to let you know that you have to purchase a new Stork each time that you want to use it, since the package only comes with one use. This is something that many people were unaware of and it made a lot of people angry, so I thought I’d warn y’all in case you thought it was reusable!
4. Sperm-friendly lubricant
Pretty much every TTC (trying to conceive) website that I read mentions that sperm-friendly lubricant is so helpful when it comes to getting pregnant. For this, I recommend Pre-Seed. Recently, I’ve been spending more time than I’d like to admit reading TTC forums (?) and I keep seeing women repeatedly say that when they started using Pre-Seed, they got pregnant almost immediately. I’m planning on buying it next month if things don’t work out this month!
5. Charting tools
This goes along with #2 and understanding when you’re ovulating. So many women swear by temping (read what it is here) when it comes to getting pregnant. All you need is a basal thermometer. This is actually how my aunt got pregnant with all of her children. She just took her temperature, kept track of when she was most fertile, and each time she wanted to get pregnant she had no problem – which is awesome. I personally don’t do this because I’m just not at the point where I want to put that much planning into it yet, but I’m totally open to doing it, if it comes to that.
6. (Many) pregnancy tests
I know, I know: duh, right? But when you’re in the “two-week wait” and anxious to know whether your eggo is prego, you’ll probably wish that you were stocked up on tests. Some people take a while to test positive, so it’s a good idea to have multiple tests lying around. You can either go with the reliable brands like E.p.t. or if you’re really addicted to testing, you can save money by stocking up on a brand like Wondfo, which is still accurate, but costs a super low amount for a lot of friggin’ tests.
Even though you may not conceive this month, it’s a good idea to start taking a prenatal vitamin as soon as you decide to start trying. This helps you decrease your chance of birth defects and increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. You also might want to get your man started on a vitamin too. Just be sure to ask your doctor before you start taking vitamins because I’ve had negative side effects from certain brands before!
8. Ovulation kit
Again, this goes along with #2 and #5. If you really want to make sure you’re ovulating, or you don’t feel like taking your temp or keeping track on an app, ovulation kits are an easy way to tell if you’re fertile or not. You just pee on a stick and it tells you if you’re ovulating or not. I’m actually using this right now to track my cycle. But it’s easier to know when to test when you understand your cycle (by reading books and/or using an app).
9. A healthy diet
A healthy diet can help improve so many different parts of our health, including our fertility. Believe it or not, I’ve read so much about how eating healthy (and exercising regularly) can improve our chances of getting pregnant. To read more about which foods are good for ovulation, you can read this post here. Also keep in mind that a man’s health can also affect his reproductive health so make sure that both of you are being healthy!
10. A positive attitude & stress management
Being positive, stressing less, and keeping your spirits high can actually have an impact on your chances of conceiving. Stress can wreak havoc on your body in so many ways, and one of those ways is lowering your chance of getting pregnant. Don’t put so much planning into the situation that you suck the fun out of your conception. Stay relaxed, stay optimistic, and have fun while you’re trying. Keep the love in the equation and try not to get too depressed. I know this is easier said than done, but remember that when you’re relaxed, you have a better chance at success!