Hindsight is 20/20 especially when I think back to my own personal struggles of trying to conceive. A few months ago, I shared my personal pregnancy journey and the difficulty I had getting pregnant with my second. Now that I can see the entire picture, I would have done several things differently.
The struggle was emotional and hard on all aspects of my life. That’s one of the big reason why I’m happy to share what I learned about the process in hopes that it will help someone who is on that journey now or in the near future.
8 tips to prepare for pregnancy
1. Keep track of your cycle. I personally love using a smartphone app since my phone goes everywhere with me. Know when your period is due, the days you ovulation and keep tabs on your fertile window. Knowledge is power. Then, maximize that fertile window to the fullest to improve your odds. Back when I was trying, I was lax in my record-keeping. It’s much easier to do now with technology at your fingertips.
2. Maintain a healthy body weight. This advice goes both ways because it can actually hurt your chances if you are too thin! I believe that was part of the reason I struggled to conceive. I was underweight when I was trying. After I gained 10 lbs, it happened. Coincidence? Perhaps. I believe my weight played a role in my troubles.
3. Take your vitamins. It’s good to start taking a prenatal vitamin when you are trying to conceive. It ensures your body is getting enough of the important nutrients like folic acid to help a growing fetus.
4. Eat healthy. Put nourishing foods in your body so you’ll look and feel your best. If you drink a lot of pop or coffee, now would be a good time to cut back or wean yourself off.
5. Kick your bad habits. If you smoke or drink excessively, do whatever you can to quit. I know from personal experience how tough it is to quit smoking. Thankfully, I had quit before my spouse and I had started to try for another. Your lungs will thank you!
6. Ensure you are sleeping properly. You need your rest! If you’re not sleeping, you’ll be tired and cranky and your body will not be operating at its best.
7. Reduce your stress levels. I was on edge after nothing was happening for months and had constant, “What ifs” racing through my mind. What I really should have done was let it go and to allow myself time for nature to take its course. Sometimes you need to let go and release that control. I wish I had done that because it would have saved me several tear-filled, sleepless nights.
8. Create a sperm friendly environment. Instead of using a traditional lubricant, I would use Astroglide TTC Trying to Conceive™, a sperm-friendly lubricant. Traditional lubricants can impede sperm while Astroglide TTC™ allows sperm to move freely. In fact, it’s specially formulated for couples who are trying to conceive!
Lots of different factors can affect sperm survival including pH levels, osmolality (the concentration of substances like sodium and potassium) and the consistency of egg white cervical mucus. Astrolglide TTC™ takes all these factors into account with its adjusted pH levels, compatible osmolality and consistency similar to your own cervical mucus. Plus, you’ll also have the added benefit of temporarily relieving dryness like you’d expect from an Astroglide product. I think of it as a lubricant with perks!
Astroglide TTC™ comes in pre-filled disposable applicators making it easy to use and less messy. They are also affordably priced at $12.99 offering you excellent value compared to any competitor. Then after you’ve tried Astroglide TTC™, share your testimonial!
Do you have any other tips on preparing for pregnancy to share?
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Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.