Fertility awareness in tracking your cycle
Understanding your cycle is important so that you can establish the optimum time to conceive and notice any irregularities that can hamper you in getting pregnant, be it stress, eating disorders, over-exercising, medication issues, and hormonal imbalance.
You're most likely to get pregnant on the day you ovulate and the three to five days beforehand. You can also learn how to monitor and track your cervical mucus and basal temperature.
Environmental and lifestyle factors when trying to conceive
Environmental and lifestyle factors can affect your fertility and ability to conceive excessive drinking, Smoking, Exercising, Weight issues, Hormones, Work-Life Balance, Poor Sleep Hygiene
Taking precautions and avoiding sexual transmitted diseases that can cause inflammatory disease, and silently effect your ability to conceive.
Did you know that in your twenties the majority of your eggs are normal!
In your thirties, there is a 20% chance of success in becoming pregnant.
Studies have shown that the average age of 29 years old's became pregnant within three to twelve months.
Once you hit your forties, your egg quality diminishes, there is a 5% chance in becoming pregnant, and there is a high risk in miscarrying and chromosomal abnormalities.
Your Fertility window ends five to ten years before menopause and the average age is 51.
Age and Timing - Rule of thumb is if you are under 35, trying for twelve months or are over 35 and trying for six months seeks professional help. Fertility success drop rapidly from age 35.
As soon as you decide to have a baby, it is important to start taking Folic acid. The dosage you need will be based on your health along with any other medication you may be on. Best to check with your health care provider on the best dosage for you along with taking a multivitamin which has been shown clinically to reduce the chances of miscarriage
Alcohol / Caffeine consumption:
Best to cut out alcohol altogether when you're trying to get pregnant as most women don't know they're pregnant for the first few weeks and alcohol can be harmful to a growing baby within. Best to limit coffee/caffeine intake too as it can impact your ability in becoming pregnant and may lead to miscarriage.
Unexpected or dramatic life events can lead to stress which may interfere with ovulation and may take longer to conceive. Even the stress in trying to become pregnant can impact how long it takes to conceive, especially if there is too much cortisol in the body!If stress levels are high, consider going for some counselling and learning some relaxation techniques and hypnosis to relax and become pregnant.
Sometimes we need some quality time out and personal space to recalibrate and focus on what makes us happy.
- Eliminate what is burdensome in your life.
- Spend quality time with your partner to strengthen your bonds.
- Talk things through about anything that could be holding you back from becoming pregnant.
- Sperm Analysis - get your man checked!! It takes two to make a baby! 40% of cases are male-related – so best to get a sperm sample analysed.
- Learn some relaxation & breathing techniques – meditation is conducive for mental and physical health and can enhance your fertility too!
- Stress is one of the major causes of infertility, and meditation is an excellent antidote to it.