While you probably remember from 8th grade science class, timing is everything when trying to get pregnant. While the sperm can live up to 3 or 4 days, an egg is only around for 12-24 hours. The ideal approach is to have sex one to two days before ovulation and again on the day you ovulate.
For a little extra help, here are 5 practical ways to boost your fertility:
- Exercise, especially yoga. Yoga teaches you to relax and slow down. It also helps you become more connected with your body. Because vigorous exercise can be associated with decreased fertility, so it is a good idea to cut back on the intensity of your exercise regimen. Yoga is a good way to stay (or get) fit without the high intensity. (source)
- Turn off the lights. When you sleep, your body produces melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. It also protects eggs when they are close to ovulation and at their most vulnerable state. The melatonin guards against damaging free-radicals. When you sleep with the TV on, or check your phone every time you hear it vibrate or even have street lights casting their light into your room, you are interrupting the melatonin production. As a result, your eggs are not getting the protection they need and you are reducing the odds of conceiving. It’s best to eliminate all light disturbances while you sleep. (source)
- Lose Weight: Weight loss can boost fertility. When you are a healthy weight, your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 25. This should be your goal before trying to conceive.(source). If you are less than 18.5, you should gain weight to boost fertility. Consult your doctor to help you create a healthy weight plan before you try to conceive.
- Go Gluten-free:: Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. The effects of gluten on the body, and proposed ways that it interferes with a healthy conception and pregnancy include: nutrient depletion, autoimmunity (placental tissue transglutaminase may be specifically targeted with altered recognition of the fetus by the maternal immune system), and inflammation (this tells the body’s hormone system that it is in danger). (source)
- Use a sperm-friendly personal lubricant. Astroglide TTC Trying to Conceive™ is specially formulated for couples who are trying to conceive.
When trying to conceive, it is important to provide an environment where sperm has a chance of survival. Astroglide TTC is specially formulated with adjusted pH levels, compatible osmolality and a consistency similar to that of your own cervical mucus, making it less likely to hinder sperm motility than traditional lubricants. Happy, healthy sperm are more likely to survive and arrive safely to the egg!
Astroglide TTC also contains galactose, which is found naturally in semen, as well as fructose, the main source of energy for sperm. Astroglide TTC is water based with its first ingredient listed being purified water (love that!).
Like all Astroglide products, Astroglide TTC also temporarily relieves vaginal dryness during sexual activity. Each package contains 8 pre-filled disposable applicators that make it easy to coat the inside of the vagina, supplementing natural fluids and enhancing comfort. Retail cost: $12.99. Find where to buy on Astroglide.com.
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Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine
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