#200. Trying To Conceive? Try My 10 Crazy Tips – Dr. Christiana Stephen

Dear Moms,

Happy New Month to YOU!! May is here and may this month bring us good news, Amen. Thanks for your feedback on all my blog posts. To see that you read and engage with it, gladdens my heart. I was asked to explore this topic on fertility a bit more. OK! I have to do more research and also put my thoughts together. I wrote on 12 things to consider when trying to conceive, it was well received. Always feel free to let me know what topics you love to see more. People have asked how I was able to get pregnant regardless of doctor’s report. Not that I know a simple reason other than pray and believe but here are some tricks I tried that may come in useful for you.

I came up with some simple, crazy tips that has no harm in trying.

Tip 1: Prenatal Vitamins: Have you considered this? Prenatal vitamins have become very popular in the recent years and have proved to show benefits to both mom and developing fetus. Women who have taken prenatal vitamins during pregnancy have had healthier pregnancies and healthy babies compared to those women who have not taken their prenatal vitamins. Some of those vitamins include Folic acid, Iron, Vitamin B6, C, D, Zinc, Omega-DHA, Thimine, Riboflavin and Niacin. I will speaking about these Vitamins in another post.

Tip 2: Raising your legs after Sex: Like I said, some of these methods will sound crazy but they have actually worked for some people. Right after sex, do not jump out of bed immediately, Lay down, raise your legs up towards the roof to get the sperm to settle in completely. Do this for 5 minutes.

Tip 3: Orgasm: Another thing I would like to mention is that a woman’s orgasm is seen by many experts as a way to increase her chances of getting pregnant. Although there are no clear-cut data on this issue, there is a study that found that women who have orgasms during intercourse do retain more sperm in the vagina (makes sense, right?).

Tip 4: Quit Smoking: Research shows that smoking is dangerous. Besides increasing your risk of lung, colon and pancreatic cancer (and hurting your health in general), smoking can jeopardize your chances of conceiving. Women who smoke accelerate the aging process of their ovarian follicles, which in turn can lead to early menopause

Tip 5: Excessive Caffeine: You don’t have to completely cut out your morning pick-me-up, but you may want to consider cutting down on the number of cups you consume per day. Findings vary, but to be safe, stick to two cups or fewer each day.

Tip 6: Reduce Alcohol: While it’s unclear exactly how alcohol affects fertility, research suggests that consuming more than two drinks a day may decrease fertility rates and increase the time it takes for a couple to conceive.

Tip 7: Sperm Harming Lubricants: Using lubrication when trying to conceive is okay, but make sure you’re using a lubricant that’s fertility-friendly. Some brands contain ingredients that can affect sperm motility in vitro (though some research suggests they may not ultimately affect your chances of conceiving). To be safe, stick to fertility-friendly lubricants. See this…

Tip 8: Start taking folic acid now: Folic acid needs to build up in your body to provide maximum protection for your baby against neural tube defects. Many women conceive within one month of trying so it is ideal to start taking folic acid two months before you stop contraception. If you have already stopped contraception, start taking a 400mcg folic acid supplement daily  until you are 12 weeks pregnant. Some women may be prescribed 5mg of folic acid.

Tip 9: Do not take non-prescribed, recreational drugs: Non-prescription, recreational drugs, such as cannabis or cocaine can contribute to fertility problems for men and women. Illegal drugs can also cause serious complications in pregnancy. It can be very difficult for some people to stop taking drugs. There are advice and treatment services available if you need support.

Tip 10: Eat well: We have now launched our Trying To Conceive (TTC) meal plan CLICK HERE FOR A TTC MEAL PLAN

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