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Tips to increase your chances of getting pregnantIf you want to have optimal fertility, you need to start by taking better care of your body. Thereafter, there are several things you can do to improve your odds of having a baby. For women who want to get pregnant, the most important advice would be to get to know their bodies, in particular their menstrual cycle. You should know how far apart your cycles are so you can time intercourse more accurately for getting pregnant. This is particularly important for IVF pregnancy for the best outcomes. For the best Fertility treatment, contact BrithRight Fertility by Rainbow. Recording the frequency of menstrual cycles Women who want to get pregnant need to monitor if their periods are regular, i.e., the first days of periods are the same number of days apart. Your menstrual cycle may be irregular as well, which means your periods vary from month to month. If you track the information with the help of a calendar, you will be able to better predict when you might be ovulating. When you ovulate, your ovaries release an egg. This egg remains fertile for just 12-24 hours after release. The sperm of a man can however survive in a woman's body for as much as 5 days. Monitoring ovulation If you have regular menstrual cycles, you will be ovulating around 2 weeks before your periods arrive. Predicting ovulation is harder for women who have irregular cycles. However, in general, it takes place around 12-16 days before their next period starts. You can find out your most fertile days of every month through various methods. If you have a home ovulation prediction kit, you no longer have to do guesswork to figure out when you are ovulating. These kits are available at drug stores and they test urine for levels of luteinizing hormone. The levels of this hormone increase during ovulation every month, causing the release of an egg by the ovaries. The 3 days straight after having a positive result from the test is the ideal time to have intercourse to try and get pregnant. Tracking cervical mucus is another way of predicting ovulation. When a woman is the most fertile just before ovulation, the mucus gets thinner, more slippery, and clearer, and its amount increases as well. Have intercourse every alternate day when you are fertile There is a six-day period when your fertility is at its peak. It includes the five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation itself. This is the time of the month when you are most fertile. You can consider visiting the best IVF centre in Hyderabad or BrithRight Fertility by Rainbow to get help in tracking the days when you are most likely to conceive. During the 6-day fertility period, there is no such difference between rates of pregnancy between couples who had intercourse every day as compared to those who did it every alternate day, according to research. It might be easier for couples to have intercourse on alternate days. Try to have a healthy weight If you are too heavy, it can reduce your chances of conceiving. Similarly, it can be even harder to get pregnant if you are too thin. Overweight women usually take twice as much time to get pregnant than a woman with a normal BMI. It can even take 4 times as long for an underweight woman to conceive. The presence of excessive body fat results in the production of too much estrogen, which might interfere with ovulation. If you are overweight, losing 5%-10% of your body weight before you start trying for pregnancy might help in improving your fertility. If both partners are obese, it takes much longer for them to conceive. A woman who is too thin might stop ovulating or not get regular periods. Take prenatal vitamin When you go for preconception checkup before trying to get pregnant, you will be advised to take prenatal vitamins before you get pregnant. It is a good way to find out the prenatal vitamin that agrees to your body so you can stay with it during pregnancy. You can also take a multivitamin daily, provided it contains at least 400 micrograms of folic acid, which is important for avoiding birth defects of the spine and brain in the baby.
MBBS, DGO, Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine
Rainbow Children's Hospital, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad