Getting Pregnant & Trying to Conceive

Increasing your chances of conceiving

If starting a family isn’t happening as quickly as you had expected, don’t give up hope. The average fertile couple has just a 20% chance of conceiving a healthy baby in any given month of unprotected sexual intercourse.

You can improve your chances of falling pregnant naturally in two ways:

1. Get to know your ovulation cycle ‘pregnancy window’, and have intercourse one or two days before ovulation. Also, regular intercourse, two or three times a week, will increase your chances further.

2. Look after your health; be sensible about your diet and lifestyle – and this goes for both partners.

Staying healthy as you prepare for pregnancy

Before you start trying for a baby, both you and your partner need to think about your lifestyle – in particular:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Stop smoking and any recreational drug use
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Undertake plenty of regular exercise

For women, there are a few more things to remember:

  • Take 500ug folic acid daily
  • Take multi-vitamins for good general health
  • Visit your GP for antenatal blood tests, including checks for rubella and chicken pox, blood group, Rh factor, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • Review your current medications and check with your GP about any implications for pregnancy
  • Understand your menstrual cycle

If this doesn’t work…

If you haven’t managed to conceive after 12 months (or 6 months if you’re 35 or older), you should seek medical advice from your GP or a Hunter IVF fertility specialist. But don’t worry – there are plenty of ways we can help you as you try to start a family.

To find out more, you can register for one of our free evening seminars...

Contact us to find out more about fertility treatments.

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