Coping with infertility sucks. Let's just say it like it is.
If you're struggling to become pregnant, you might feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. It's easy to become frustrated and start to believe that there isn't anything that you can do yourself to prepare your body for conception. This lost feeling can make the issue of infertility even worse.
Many times, a positive mindset can come from the belief that you are actively helping yourself achieve your desired goals. With this in mind, here are 5 ways that you can improve your chances for pregnancy. Try these before seeking any sort of professional infertility treatments.
1. Notice your bodies natural signs
Pay close attention to what your body is telling you. Many woman will produce a clear mucus like discharge before and after egg release. This discharge will appear sticky and is a sign that it could be an optimal time for conception.
2. Track your cycles
A great way to figure out your likely day of ovulation is to track your menstrual cycles for at least three months. This will help you to determine the average interval between consecutive first days of your period. This will give you an idea of your most likely date of egg release. Don't get too into it, though! It is very common for women to start to obsess over the details. This obsessive tracking can actually hurt your chances and even lead to what we call infertility depression.
3. Eat a healthy diet
Make sure to avoid fast food and snacks that are filled with refined sugars. Sticking to a diet of vegetables, protein packed meats and plenty of grains is important to follow during preconception, as well as during pregnancy itself.
4. Replace harmful behaviors with relaxing ones
Nicotine and large amounts of caffeine can affect your ability to become pregnant. Although it isn't easy to cease from using these potentially harmful substances, giving it a try can be very beneficial. Try to replace these harmful behaviors with more relaxing ones, like drinking a glass of wine in the evening. Even smoking a bit of marijuana, as long as it is decriminalized in your area, can help to reduce stress.
Meditation is also recommended. Yoga stretches can also help you when you are trying to get the energy moving around in your reproductive center.
5. Get plenty of non vigorous exercise
It's a good idea to keep yourself in shape, but it's not a good time to begin a vigorous exercise program when you are trying to become pregnant. Low impact exercise such as walking and swimming are good options.
Finally, remember to try and stay as positive as you can. Worrying can cause a negative impact on your entire body. Enjoying the journey with your partner can also increase your chances of becoming pregnant.