When they taught us about reproduction in health class, getting pregnant sounded like an exact science. Then, as we grew older, we all heard stories about our friends and family members who became pregnant within the first few weeks of trying. Needless to say, when we decide to try for a baby we are disheartened if the first few pregnancy tests come back negative. It’s only natural. When you want something so completely, with all of your heart and soul, a negative pregnancy test can feel like a crushing blow. Fortunately there are some things you can do to increase your chances of conceiving. If you trying to become pregnant, make sure you keep the following tips in mind.
The Right Attitude is Power
When you decide to have a baby, keep a positive attitude. I know this can be hard to do in the face of a negative pregnancy test, but keep your spirits up. Remember, less than a quarter of the people who decide to have a baby actually get pregnant in the first month of trying. If your first few pregnancy tests come back negative, don’t despair. It doesn’t mean you won’t be holding a bundle of joy in your arms in the very near future.
Track Your Cycle
One way to help increase your chances of becoming pregnant is to understand your menstrual cycle and know when you should be trying to conceive. When trying for a baby, you have to learn when your body is ovulating. You and your spouse could be perfectly fertile, but if you don’t try to conceive when the timing is right, your efforts will be in vain.
Take Care of Your Body
How you take care of yourself can actually play a huge role in your chances of conceiving. Being underweight or overweight can disrupt your menstrual cycle and may create hormone imbalances that have an impact on your fertility. The Nurses’ Health Study states that the ideal body mass index for those wishing to become pregnant is between 20 and 24. If you are overweight, consider a healthy, natural diet that is high in fiber and protein and low in fat. If you are underweight, start eating. Your baby needs you to have the proper nutrition!
Create a Mind-Body Balance
Good health isn’t just about being physically fit. You should work to achieve a balance between your body and mind when you begin planning for a family. Take time for yourself. Learn how to read your body and take time to enhance your emotional well-being. Your baby will thank you for it!