Are You Still Trying to Get Pregnant?
How to Create The Healthy Baby Of Your Dreams Part 1
So you are trying to get pregnant and each month you are not pregnant seems like an eternity. You start to think “Am I doing something wrong?” or “Is there a problem?” but you don’t really know where to go or who to ask… Well, read on because this article will answer many questions for you will clarify the options available to you.
Currently in Australia 1 in 6 couples are infertile and according to the World Health Organisation, worldwide over 80,000,000 people are affected. There are several reasons why it can be difficult trying to get pregnant including late marriage, postponed child bearing, sexually transmitted and other infections, hormonal imbalances, physical/mechanical reproductive problems, autoimmune disorders, sperm and egg production defects, as well as lifestyle and environmental factors.
Trying to Get Pregnant for 12 Months
Infertility is described as 12 months of unprotected intercourse without conception. Generally 40 percent of contributing factors are attributed to male causes, 40 percent female and 20 percent is unexplained. Many reproductive concerns which can make trying to get pregnant difficult include poor sperm parameters, lack of ovulation, long cycles, short cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome and more can be treated with natural medicines and strategies with excellent results. If you have been trying for 12 months and you are not pregnant some fine tuning is required and some medical investigations are recommended however this does not replace the need to ensure you and your partner are in peak health for optimum fertility.
You want to give yourself the best possible chance when you’re trying to get pregnant and create the healthy baby of your dreams. At the same time you want to give your child the best possible start in life, but you are having trouble conceiving and are not really sure what to do.
Simple. Start from the beginning.
A healthy body is a fertile body and the health of your baby is in great part decided before a pregnancy is even in sight.
You see, by 8 weeks gestation a baby’s health blueprint is already created, as are his or her tiny organs and little fingerprints! At this stage his or her health vulnerabilities and strengths are set by the ‘map’ guiding this miracle of creation.
It is fair to say that once a pregnancy is established your child’s health potential becomes the lowest common denominator of you and your partner’s health at the point of conception.
So, how do you overcome fertility problems and give your child the best possible start in life? Ensure you and your partner are in optimum health by beginning the preparation for your most important event yet, at least 120 days prior to a conception attempt—whether you are trying to conceive naturally or using any form of assisted reproductive technologies.
Tips to Make Trying to Get Pregnant More Successful
Here are some suggested steps and conception options you can choose from on your conception journey.
Step 1: Optimise your health for at least 120 days and rule out any physical problems.
Why 120 days? The quality of the egg and sperm today is the reflection of everything that was happening in your life and immediate environment over the previous 4 months. Your complete health picture during that time including nutrition, stress levels, blood oxygenation, hormone levels, emotions and other factors affect the quality of your fertility in the current month.
Studies show that when both prospective parents take a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to optimise their health to actively prepare for trying to get pregnant in the healthiest way, this will not only improve chances of having a healthy baby, but it also reduces the likelihood of miscarriage, congenital abnormalities, pregnancy complications, prematurity and still births. In addition, British research reveals a 78.4 percent success rate in conception for previously infertile couples, and for those who require IVF the same approach has been shown to increase the chances of conception through IVF by 47.1 percent.
As far as ruling out any physical problems, this is essential to fast track your results. Ideally for men, this includes having a semen analysis at a specialist fertility clinic. The semen can be collected post-intercourse using a special condom if for religious reasons providing a sample is problematic.
Ruling out male fertility issues upfront is the most effective way of saving time and potential heartache down the track—if there are any issues, they can often very easily be addressed naturally during the trying to get pregnant period with excellent results—and in cases of more serious issues there are many excellent assisted reproductive options which will be discussed later.
For women trying to get pregnant, having hormonal levels checked, and sometimes also a pelvic ultrasound that can show fallopian tube clearance, will help to rule out any potential problems that may prevent you from falling pregnant quickly after your preparation.
For a head start, you and your partner’s combined preparation should include visiting your GP for a general health check-up as well as a way of ruling out any possible infections (particularly of the genito-urinary tract), which if left untreated can cause infertility and pregnancy complications including miscarriage.
|Leading fertility specialist and naturopath, Gabriela Rosa (MScM RHHG (Cand.), BHSc, ND, Post Grad NFM, DBM, Dip Nut, MATMS, MNHAA) has gained international recognition as an expert in her field. Gabriela is devoted to empowering couples to overcome fertility problems, reduce miscarriage risk, reclaim their natural fertility, get pregnant fast and bring healthy babies into the world—through the use of natural methods or assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF/ICSI (if necessary). Click this link for more information on her latest Natural Fertility Breakthrough Program.|
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