Are you trying to become pregnant and frustrated because it hasn’t happened yet? Physicians state that if you are under 35 and having unprotected sex 2-3 times per week, there is no need to worry until you have tried for one year without conceiving. If you are over 35, the window is 3-6 months. Regardless, when you are attempting to become pregnant, every month that goes by may seem like an eternity. Luckily, there are some things you can do to boost your likelihood of getting pregnant.
- Watch your diet and exercise. Studies have shown that being overweight or underweight can impede a woman trying to conceive. In one study of 2,112 pregnant women, it was found that women who had a body mass index (BMI) of 25-39 (considered obese) prior to pregnancy took twice as long to conceive as women who had a BMI in the normal range (18.5-24.9). For underweight women with a BMI of less than 19, it took four times as long to conceive.
- Cut back on caffeine and alcohol. If you drink coffee, soda, or other caffeinated beverages, you are advised to stay in the range of 200-250 milligrams of caffeine per day. Ingesting caffeine at around 500 milligrams per day is associated with lower fertility. If you drink alcohol, moderation is very important. Studies have shown that women drinking two alcoholic beverages per day lower their fertility by 60%!
- Read the label on your lubricant. Because you are having sex more frequently, you may find yourself in need of a lubricant. Be sure to check the label and verify you are not inadvertently using one that contains a spermicide. Additionally, research has found that many commercial water-based lubricants can inhibit sperm motility. Doctors actually recommend the use of canola oil or peanut oil instead in a pinch.