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Improving Conception

Here are some simple steps to enhance your chances of getting pregnant and increasing foetal health.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 26, 2003 19:49 IST

If there are no problems in your or your partner’s reproductive systems and you are a woman within the age range 21 to 30, there are some simple steps you can take to enhance your chances of getting pregnant and increasing foetal health.

Be aware of your menstrual cycle. It would be easy if you are able to detect the time of your ovulation

Time intercourse around the fertile period

If your cycles are irregular then the fertile days may change and it may be appropriate to check with a gynaecologist

Stop contraception two month before the time you hope to get pregnant.

Stop smoking and refrain from alcohol consumption. ( Even passive smoking is better avoided)

Consult your doctor about prenatal vitamins. It is advisable that you take prenatal folic acid . It helps prevent neural tube defects in the foetus

Carry on your daily routine but avoid excessive strain.

Do not take medication that has not been prescribed around this time.If you are in the later half of your menstrual cycle always inform the doctor that there is a possibility of pregnancy if medications are prescribed.

Devices/practices to choose the sex of your baby are all unproven. These are better avoided.

Enjoy sex. Remain in bed for ten minutes after intercourse.

Avoid douching or vaginal cleaning after intercourse.

A little spotting may be observed during the cycle conception occurs.

Be careful about going in for x rays around the time you time you think you may have conceived.

If you think you have missed a period visit your gynaecologist.


First Published: Jul 26, 2003 19:49 IST