If you have been trying to get pregnant and have not conceived yet, or if you want to get pregnant quickly, here is some information that will help promote regular ovulation and increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Your weight before getting pregnant can influence ovulation. If you are underweight or overweight, you may have issues with ovulation. Overweight women with a BMI of over 25 take twice as long to become pregnant as do women of a healthy weight. Women with a BMI of less than 19 may take up to four times longer to become pregnant as do women of a healthy weight. Losing even five percent of your body weight can increase your odds of becoming pregnant.
Caffeine and Alcohol
If you drink more than five cups of coffee per day, you may be reducing your chances of becoming pregnant. While drinking less caffeine than this amount seems to be okay, drinking more than 250 milligrams of caffeine per day seems to reduce a woman’s fertility. Drinking alcohol has a similar effect on fertility. More than two drinks per day are not recommended, though if you are actively trying to be pregnant you should refrain from drinking at all.
Monitor Your Ovulation Cycle
Knowing when you are most likely to get pregnant will increase your odds of conceiving. Ovulation prediction kits are available for purchase to help you. In general, a woman ovulates 14 days before her next expected menstrual cycle begins. If you are not exactly sure when you will ovulate next, make your best estimate and plan on having sex before the expected ovulation date as well as on the day. Some women may not notice changes that occur during ovulation. Here are a few symptoms that indicate that you may be ovulating:
- Cervical mucus that looks like egg whites
- Increased cervical fluid
- Increase of basal body temperature
- Light spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Increased sex drive
Monitoring the signs and symptoms of ovulation and becoming familiar with your body will help you determine when you are ovulating and help you get pregnant faster.
Choose the Right Supplements
Vitamin C is a great addition to your diet to increase your ovulation. This vitamin increases the amount of water in cervical mucus, which makes conception easier. Make sure that you eat lots of leafy green vegetables, citrus fruit and also in a pill form as ascorbic acid. Choosing a multivitamin with folic acid not will not only improve your rate of ovulation but will be required during pregnancy, too. So choose a high-quality daily vitamin with folic acid to become pregnant and be healthy while pregnant.
Foods that Increase Ovulation
Your choice of protein may make the difference in your ovulation. Foods with high trans fats and animal proteins may cause ovulation disorders. So instead of eating meat, choose beans, legumes and nuts, or at least increase the amount of these that are in your diet and decrease the amount of animal fats. High-fat dairy will help you reach your calcium requirements, add good protein to your diet and may also increase ovulation. Avoid dairy with lots of sugar like ice cream. Instead, choose milk and cheese as your high-fat dairy choice to improve ovulation.
Evening primrose oil has been used by women through the ages to improve menstrual function and menopausal symptoms. It also increases cervical mucus which, in turn, increases ovulation and the chance of pregnancy. Stinging nettle is nourishing and promotes generalized health as well. Making a tea from this plant will give you an amazing source of minerals, especially Vitamin K. It also is good for the baby and promotes milk production after the baby is born.
The most important ingredient in nettle tea is chlorophyll, which has been reported to prepare the body to become pregnant and sustain the embryo after conception.
Red clover has been recommended to improve the health of the female reproductive system down through the ages. Because it is alkaline it balances hormones encourages the uterus to have a balanced PH which is beneficial for conception. Red clover tea is great by itself or combined with peppermint. Red raspberry tea is in the same category as red clover tea. It strengthens and improves a woman’s entire reproductive system and soothes the uterus, preparing it for receiving the ovum and conceiving. Red clover and red raspberry have been combined for use in women’s health and pregnancy for generations.
Dong quai and false unicorn root tinctures can be used alone or in combination with stinging nettle, red clover and red raspberry tea to continue to enhance fertility and ovulation.