Preconception Basics

Where to Begin to Increase Your Fertility

Care must be taken during the preconception period to prepare your body for conception and pregnancy. Fertility is obviously essential when getting pregnant, so let’s discuss some simple ways to improve your fertility foundation.

There are 4 main areas of focus during preconception:

  • Diet
  • Activity
  • Supplements
  • Intercourse Timing

First let’s discuss diet.
What you eat or don’t eat is crucial to your overall well-being and reproductive health. Getting pregnant is a complex process, one that requires many different body organs and glands to function properly to have proper hormonal balance and functioning.

Most people don’t get the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables and water per day. This is very basic, but it’s crucial to pay attention to in order to help increase your fertility and your chances of getting pregnant more quickly.

Learn More About Having a Fertility Diet

Second is activity.
If you’re sedentary, get moving. It will help you feel better, lose weight if needed, and will improve your fertility and chance of getting pregnant. Walking, swimming, biking, or aerobics are great forms of exercise. Do something that you enjoy, and it will be easier to keep up.

Third is supplementation.
If you’re not taking a daily multivitamin and multimineral supplement, you are missing out on vital nutrients that your body needs. Even if you’re eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily, there’s no easy way to make sure that you’re getting all the nutrients you need for optimal health.

Plus, you need to be on a pre-natal quality supplement prior to getting pregnant in order to ensure that you’re getting the proper amount of folic acid for your baby in the early stages.

Read More About Fertility and Prenatal Vitamins

Fourth is intercourse timing.
Don’t let this step fool you. Just because it’s last does not mean it is the least step. Oh no – far from it! Timing is actually extremely important! If you are healthy and active and have everything else right, but yet you get the timing wrong every month – You will greatly hinder your chances of being successful!

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Preconception Care In a Nutshell:

1. Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

2. Drink 8 or more 8-ounce glasses of purified water per day.

3. Lose weight if your BMI is 25 or greater.

4. Exercise at least 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes at a time.

5. Begin to take a good prenatal multivitamin/multimineral supplement daily, one that has at least 400 mcg of folic acid and that you can continue into pregnancy.

6. Learn about your cycle and when you ovulate by charting your basal temperatures, observing cervical mucus, and using OPK’s. (Learn all about that here.)