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By the time your baby’s first birthday has come around, you might be thinking about trying for another baby. We’ve already discussed Are you ready for another baby? in a previous article, but now we’re going to talk about the actual nitty gritty involved in trying for another baby.
Some of you mums out there will be pretty well-versed in the process of trying to conceive a baby, whereas others may have fallen accidentally pregnant, or may be quite a bit older than you were when you first trying for a baby, so read this article through anyway to see if there’s anything else that you can do to maximise your chances of falling pregnant.
As soon as you know that you’d like to have another baby, start taking a folic acid supplement as it’s vital for your future baby’s health. Better still, if both of you could take a supplement geared towards trying to conceive, this would be perfect. Try Sanatogen’s Mother and Father To Be Vitamins:
If you’re serious about trying for a baby, then cut down or ideally cut out the booze. Yes, many babies have been conceived after a boozy night of passion, but extensive research shows that alcohol can have an effect on the woman’s menstrual cycle and the man’s sperm, so to maximise your chances of conceiving, stick to soft drinks.
You’re more likely to conceive if both you and your partner’s bodies are in good health. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veg and steer clear of overly fatty and processed foods. You should also aim to take up/maintain an exercise routine. No-one is suggesting you take out an expensive gym membership, but taking up light jogging or power-walking 3 or 4 times a week could aid your chances of falling pregnant.
First things first, you need to know your monthly cycle inside out. The day your period starts is Day 1 of your cycle. The last day of your cycle is the day before your next period. An average cycle lasts for around 28 days with your peak fertility usually being around day 14 of this cycle. This isn’t an exact science and every woman has a different cycle, but there are many different ways you can pinpoint when exactly you should be having sex in order to maximise your chances of conception. Temperature charting, examining your cervical mucus, ovulation tests and the use of a fertility monitor are all good examples of how we can find the best times of the month to try for a baby.
Again, yes historically babies have been conceived using a variety of positions, but there are some that offer a distinct gravitational advantage. It’s best to avoid the woman going on top and stick to the basic missionary position, or alternatively the woman being flat on her stomach with the man on top. It’s also a good idea to place a cushion underneath the woman (it’s all about angles) and afterwards she should ideally keep her legs in the air for about 20 minutes to ensure that the sperm is swimming in the right direction. Try to avoid using lubricant unless it specifies that it’s sperm-friendly. Conceive-Plus is an excellent choice.
If you put too much pressure on yourselves, you could find that it’s more difficult to get pregnant. By all means, count the days in your cycle and aim to have sex every 1-2 days within your high and peak fertility range, but don’t become too regimented about it, or else you’ll be too stressed out and it takes all the fun out it.