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Trying To Get Pregnant

When you decide to start a family, you’re starting a dramatic journey. Even if everything goes as perfectly as you could wish, you’re starting a journey that’s going to have stressful, difficult moments. The comforting counter to that is that even if you experience difficulties and challenges, you’re going to have moments of joy and excitement that make it all worthwhile.

One of the major challenges for some couples is that initial attempt to conceive. There are all sorts of factors that can make trying to get pregnant a challenge. OvuSense is here to talk you through some of them and explain some of the things you can do to help.

Stress

Simply stress can interfere with your attempts to conceive. A spike in stress levels causes reactions in your hypothalamus, which is also where the hormones controlling ovulation originate. If you’re very stressed, it interferes with your menstrual cycle, and your body’s ability to ovulate. While that’s frustrating if you’re trying to conceive, it makes sense on a biological level: that stress is indicating to your body it’s not a good time to have a baby even if, in the 21 st century it’s more likely to mean you’re having a tough time at work than you’re facing famine and war.

Dialling down the stress doesn’t have to mean candle-lit yoga sessions. Take a look at your work/life balance and make sure you have enough hours in the day for yourself, and that you’re spending them in a way that actually helps you to relax and dissipate stress, whatever that means for you.

Irregular Cycles

You can only get pregnant in a narrow window centred on when you ovulate – around five days before and one day after. If your cycle is delayed, lengthened or otherwise irregular, it can be hard to identify that window and make sure you’re trying at the right time.

All sorts of things can interfere with your cycle, from stress as mentioned above, to PCOS and other health conditions. One way you can combat this is to track when you ovulate with OvuSense to make sure you have warning when the time is right.

Lifestyle

There is lots of advice about the lifestyle changes you can make to help boost your fertility: some is sound medical science, more is myth masquerading as science, and the majority sits somewhere between the two. It can feel at times like you’re being bombarded with advice, with no way to tell how effective it is.

There are three simple things you can do if you want to improve your chances of getting pregnant, or simply your health in general, that would be endorsed by any doctor:

     Quit smoking. If you’re a smoker, there is no single thing you can do that’s more important. Plenty of help is available, from therapy to nicotine gum and patches, so try to find the right approach for you.  Cut down on drinking. While you don’t need to give up altogether, this is the advice given by the NHS for people who want to be safest during conception and pregnancy.  Add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet. These contain vitamin C, and vital electrolytes that help to regulate your hormone levels and ensure your body’s in the best shape for pregnancy.