Increase Your Chances Of Having A Baby
If you have been trying for a baby for a few months without success, here
are a few tips which may help.
When you have decided you want a baby, get your body ready:
* Take folic acid in supplement form, 400mcg a day, or it can be
found in some foods like cornflakes.
* Cut down on your caffeine intake.
* If you've come off the pill, there's some dispute about how long
you should wait before trying to conceive, but it's probably best to wait
* The man should take zinc supplements to increase the strength and
numbers of his sperm
* He should also increase his vitamin D intake - drink milk.
* Cut down on alcohol. Even 2 pints per day will, on average, reduce
your baby's weight by 6.5 ozs.
* Stop smoking. Just one more reason to do so!
* Keep the sperm cool - ideally 2-3? cooler than the rest of the
body. Avoid tight underwear and tight jeans. Try boxer shorts, they may
not be the latest in designer chic, but they help the testicles to stay
away from the body and stay cooler.
Have sex at the right time..
.. and frequently. To stand a chance of conceiving, live sperm has to
fertilise an egg at the time of ovulation - usually around day 14 of your
period. Sperm will usually live for 3 days so will hang around waiting
and your timing doesn't have to be exact. You can get ovulation predictor
kits from your chemist.
What's The Best Position?
It doesn't really matter, although with the woman on top you may be
reducing your chances of conceiving.
You can be doing everything right but you won't necessarily conceive in
the first month. In fact you probably won't. Success is c losely related
* Women aged 20-25 have a 1 in 4 chance of conceiving,
* With women aged 30-35 the chance drops to 1 in 7, and the success
rate falls as they get older.
On average it will take a couple in their early to mid-twenties five
cycles to conceive, and a couple in their early thirties ten cycles. One
in ten couples have to wait more than a year before they succeed.
What If It's Not Working?
If you have been trying for a baby without success:
* Keep a temperature chart. After ovulation the woman's body
temperature rises by about 0.2?C and maintains this higher temperature
until her next period. By measuring temperature as soon as you wake and
entering the reading on a chart, you can see when you ovulate. Ideally
you want to have sex just before then. You can't turn the clock back of
course, but the chart will tell you whether you ovulate at the same time
each month and, if so, you can plan for the following month. The
temperature rise is small and you may feel more confident with an
ovulation kit available from your chemist.
* try to lower your stress levels. Stress can affect either partner
and may reduce your chances of conceiving. Try to have a few days away
from work just before ovulation is due.
* if you have been unsuccessful for a year or more it is worth
talking to your physician.