The Do’s and Don’ts of Conceiving

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When you’re trying to conceive, especially if you’re having trouble doing so, it is likely that you are willing to try just about anything to become pregnant. Because of this, there are many things that people may suggest for you to try in order to help speed up the process. However, some advice is better left alone and avoided. Below are the specific things that you should do and should not do while you’re trying to conceive.

1. Do see a specialist

While many people may suggest that you simply relax and allow pregnancy to happen on its own terms, it is actually suggested that you see a specialist if you have been trying to become pregnant for longer than a year. If you are over the age of 35, it is suggested that you visit a specialist after six months. For those who have waited longer than this time frame, nearly every one of them will tell you that they wish they had this that a specialist sooner.

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2. Don’t blame yourself

One of the first things that people tend to do when they are trying to become pregnant and find they are having problems is to blame themselves. However, there is actually not much you can do about fertility issues and in most cases couples have problems with a multitude of areas that are unrelated to any specific thing that either of them is doing.

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3. Do get help

Many couples hide the fact that they are having trouble becoming pregnant and do not received the emotional support that they need to get through the situation. It is important to remember that infertility can be a stressful process and that having the support that you need can make the process easier to handle both mentally and physically.

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4. Don’t state yourself

For those who are struggling with fertility issues, it becomes common that women will isolate themselves from their friends and avoid social interactions. It is also common for women who are infertile to express jealousy towards women who easily become pregnant and to avoid situations where they come in contact with pregnant people.

find-a-close-friend-to-confide-in-or-support-group-to-help-you-through-the-processHowever, you should not simply stay home away from these events. Instead, find a close friend to confide in or support group to help you through the process.

5. Do communicate

Communication with your partner is extremely important when you’re trying to become pregnant. Having issues with fertility can easily cause strain in your relationship and it is important that you work everything out together. Keep in mind that you are both going through this process and having someone to lean on during this difficult time can be very helpful.

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6. Don’t avoid fertility treatments

There is a common misconception that the only way to receive fertility treatments is through IVF. However, there are many other ways that can help you become pregnant that are not nearly as expensive and have shown to be fairly successful for many other couples. It is best to talk your options over with your doctor before making a decision as to which option is best for you.

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7. Do take control of your body

Having issues with them fertility can make it feel as though you have absolutely no control of your body or many other aspects of your life. However, there are many things that you can do to help improve your chances of becoming pregnant by changing things about your body, such as exercise and other lifestyle changes. If you have any concerns about things that you should do to make the process easier, you can talk to your doctor.

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8. Don’t give up

There are many couples that are going through the same process that you are and most end up with a healthy, happy baby in the end. Keep in mind that typical infertility is only a temporary setback and by working with your doctor, you should be able to find a method that works for you and your situation.

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9. Conclusion

There are many things that you can do to help improve your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby of your own. The above items are important when you are looking to conceive and you should talk to your doctor about other ways that you can improve your reproductive health so that you become pregnant quickly and easily.

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Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.