Trying to conceive. Three words that, for most couples, really aren’t that daunting. You try, you conceive. For couples dealing with infertility, however, “trying to conceive” becomes a lifestyle. At some point in your family planning journey, you go from being a regular couple who decided to become a trio to a TTCer, a part of an exclusive club you never asked to join. I was once part of that club for so long; I practically wrote the by-laws.
Sadly, that club is pretty big. While most couples dream of having a bag, the reality for many couples is that conceiving a child does not come as easily as they would have thought. In Canada, the incidence of fertility issues has risen in the past several decades, with one in six Canadian couples now experiencing fertility-related problems, according to the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services. What is supposed to be an exciting and happy time can quickly become a significant source of stress and pressure for couples that experience challenges along the way?
With National Infertility Awareness Week around the corner (May 12th – 20th), Dr. David Greenberg, Family Physician at St. Joseph Hospital, has some tips for those trying to conceive.
5 Tips for Couples Trying to Conceive
For couples “trying” to conceive, every month can be filled with anxiety and worry. Heightened stress can cause more challenges. Therefore, it’s important to live in the moment and just enjoy your partner.
I know what you’re thinking, this is easier said than done when you’ve been TTC for years. Dr. Greenberg is so right, though. Stress can wreak havoc on your cycles and make a challenging time even more difficult.
Remember: It’s not your fault
There are many reasons why conceiving a baby may be difficult, but it’s not anyone’s fault. Blaming yourself or your partner won’t fix anything and may lead to more problems, including tension in your relationship.
Don’t wait until you find out you’re expecting to start making changes to your diet or exercise routine. Once you decide to start trying to conceive, start behaving like you’re already pregnant by eating right, taking prenatal vitamins, avoiding alcohol, stop smoking and exercising sensibly.
Improve your odds of conceiving by having sex on the days when conception is likeliest to happen. Every woman’s body is unique and, when trying to become pregnant, your individual cycle should be taken into consideration. The First Response™ Digital Ovulation Test detects and tracks your personal daily baseline levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) to detect your personal LH surge, unlike other ovulation tests that use a preset “average” level to determine an LH surge.
Know when to see an expert
Most couples who are trying to conceive will become pregnant within a year. For others, it can take longer. If it’s taking longer than you expected to conceive, it’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor about what you should be doing to improve your chances of conceiving.
For those who know someone trying to conceive, the most important thing is to be supportive and understanding. Please remember that every woman is different. It’s important to consult your doctor to find the best steps for you.
Did you deal with challenges in trying to conceive? If you’re comfortable doing so, please share your wisdom, tips and experiences below to help others going through the same problems.
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