Information & Advice
When couples decide to try to get pregnant, it is not only women who need to maintain good health and support conception. Male health is also vital and a few simple changes may also significantly influence healthy, viable sperm and the likelihood of conception.
Consider following these tips, for both him and her, to help prepare your body and adjust your diet and lifestyle to help maximise your chances of getting pregnant.
It is very important to drink plenty of fluids (about 6-8 glasses a day). This helps the kidneys to flush out waste products from the body.
However, caffeine should be limited to 200mg a day. Each of the following contains roughly 200mg or less of caffeine:
It is a good idea to avoid or strictly limit alcohol intake as alcohol passes via the placenta and can directly affect the baby. Department of Health advice is to avoid alcohol completely if you are trying to conceive and during pregnancy. If you choose to drink, in order to protect the baby, you should not drink more than one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week and should not get drunk. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises total avoidance of alcohol during the first three months of pregnancy in particular, because of the risk of miscarriage.
Smoking can affect your chances of getting pregnant and in men can affect sperm count. Ask your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist for help to quit smoking.
Women who exercise regularly are less likely to gain excessive amounts of weight. A fit, healthy body is also more likely to cope better with childbirth. Find a balance though because excessive amounts of exercise can lead to fertility problems, such as irregular periods and anovulatory cycles (cycles where ovulation does not occur).
There are so many people who worry excessively about becoming pregnant and once they release that stress their body reacts to the newfound peace by creating a new life. So try not to worry and enjoy the fun of trying to conceive.
Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet so that you are getting all the nutrients you need. However, we know that this is not always as easy as it sounds, so if you are worried that you are not getting all the nutrition you need, consider taking a supplement.
Taking a supplement specially formulated for before conception, such as Pregnacare®, can provide you with 400mcg of folic acid and a wide range of nutrients, to help meet the nutritional requirements of women trying to conceive. In addition, if you have been on the contraceptive pill for a long time you may be low on certain vitamins and minerals, especially the B-group vitamins.
Being overweight or underweight can limit your chances of conceiving. Try to reach the healthy weight for your height (BMI within 18.5 and 24.9) by eating sensibly and exercising regularly. Weight loss programmes are not recommended during pregnancy as they may harm the health of the unborn child. Don't go on a crash diet, as it can affect fertility.
Have sex often, at least three times a week. The more often you try the better chance you have to become pregnant.
Ovulation typically occurs around 14 or 15 days from the first day of a woman's last menstruation cycle. Once they ovulate, this is the most fertile period. This is the fertile time when conception can occur, from approximately five days before ovulation to one day afterwards.
Lying down for at least a few minutes after sex increases the odds sperm will be able to reach the waiting egg.
Make sure you have been properly screened for sexually transmitted diseases. Pelvic inflammatory disease is common among women, the number-one cause being an untreated sexually transmitted disease.
If you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter drugs be sure to ask your doctor if it's safe to continue taking them once you start trying to conceive. Contrary to popular belief, taking the contraceptive pill, antibiotics or analgesics should not affect the accuracy of your pregnancy test.
Keep a menstrual calendar and note the date when your period starts, the number of days it lasts and anything else your doctor or midwife may want to know.
Keep in mind that baby-making is a numbers' game. Even if you do everything "right" you still only have a 25-30 percent chance of conceiving in any given cycle.
Several aspects of lifestyle are known to affect male fertility, such as smoking, alcohol, diet and exercise patterns.
Huge dietary inadequacies or excesses in men can affect both the likelihood and outcome of conception. Low intakes of folic acid and zinc have been associated with impaired male fertility, and antioxidants are also thought to play a role in protecting sperm against oxidative damage and defective function.
Therefore it is important that men should try to eat a healthy, balanced diet full of the nutrients they need. However, we know that this is not always as easy as it sounds, and in some instances, men should perhaps consider taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement. If a man does decide to take a supplement, they may be advised to take a one-a-day formula specifically designed for male and reproductive health, such as Vitabiotics Wellman® Conception.
Wellman® Conception recognises that men have an important influence on the chances of conceiving and have distinct reproductive health needs of their own. Many men now recognise the importance of getting themselves in shape and adopting a healthier lifestyle when trying for a baby. For example, sperm take up to 75 days to form and 21 days to mature, so a man's lifestyle today may affect his sperm quality in three months' time.
The Wellman® Conception formula combines a blend of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals with amino acids, L-Carnitine, L-Arginine and folic acid which have been specifically chosen for their role in male reproductive function and health.
Wellman® Conception should be taken daily as an integral part of an overall healthy lifestyle, ideally three months before trying to conceive, while, at the same time, Pregnacare® Conception has been specially designed for your partner with vitamins, essential minerals and 400mcg of folic acid.
It's important for both men and women to eat a healthy, balanced diet when trying to conceive. For a woman, it helps the body to be in optimum condition for conception and pregnancy. It also helps to provide adequate levels of vitamins and minerals for the baby to call upon.
Try to eat a healthy diet full of the foods and nutrients you need. Foods to consume while trying to get pregnant include:
Use Pregnacare® Conception as soon as you start trying for a baby. It can even be used for three to six months before you start to try for a baby. Once you have confirmed you are pregnant, you can continue to use up any remaining Pregnacare® Conception tablets, before moving on to Pregnacare® or Pregnacare® Plus with Omega-3, which are specially formulated for the remainder of your pregnancy.
For couples who are serious about conception and want the very best start for their developing baby, both partners should consider their diet and nutrition and aim to eat healthily.
Pregnacare® His & Her Conception is an extra-value dual pack containing both Pregnacare® Conception and Wellman® Conception nutritional tablets, which have been specifically designed to support both men and women who are trying for a baby.
Men and women should consider using Pregnacare® His & Her Conception as soon as they start trying for a baby. To help support the body's nutritional stores, it can even be taken before you start to try for a baby. Once tests have confirmed they are pregnant, women can continue to use up any remaining Pregnacare® Conception tablets, before moving on to Pregnacare® or Pregnacare® Plus with Omega-3, which are specially formulated for the remainder of their pregnancy and during breastfeeding.