Trying to Conceive: Tips for Couples

Trying to Conceive: Tips for Couples

When my husband and I started our family and were trying to conceive we were very lucky most of the time. Our first two kids are ten months apart and when we decided to have kid #3 I had my IUD removed and got pregnant that month. We never knew the difficulties of trying to conceive until we were trying for kid #4.

We started trying for #4 very soon after we had #3. I did not want to wait and even though it seems crazy balls to have kids 10 months apart I loved that we could just get it out of the way and start living life again, pregnancy-free. Some months there would be a positive test followed by a loss a few days later (chemical pregnancy?), we had an early loss during this time which was devestating, and when we finally seemed to have a viable pregnancy it was worrisome because of our road to getting there. The 18 months in between our last two kids were tough and although we are now done having kids I love sharing tips for others trying to grow their own family.

Tips for Couples Trying to Conceive

Having a child can be one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life. Whether it’s your first baby or you’re looking to expand your clan, once you’ve decided to have a baby, the last thing you want to do is wait!

Getting pregnant isn’t an exact science but you can put some planning behind your baby making to help better your chances:

Take a multivitamin: Start the journey well prepared. Taking a prenatal vitamin prior to pregnancy is an essential part of keeping you and your baby healthy.  The NEW FIRST RESPONSE™ Prenatal Multivitamin is a great option. It helps ensure you and your baby get the essential nutrients needed to stay healthy, maintain immune function and bone health. Two of the vitamin gummies provide the recommended folic acid intake per day to help prevent neural tube defects, which are commonly developed within the first month of pregnancy** and often before many females know they’re pregnant. As a bonus, this vitamin has a naturally sourced fruit flavor, low in sugar and gluten-free—making it easy to remember and delicious to take.
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Understand your cycle:
Admit it ladies. Most of you don’t know your own ovulation schedules or know when you’re most fertile. But knowing when and if you’re ovulating is going to help you know when to try to conceive. Did you know that there are just two days during your cycle when you’re most likely to conceive? So how do you find these two days?  Pick up a FIRST RESPONSE™ Advanced Digital Ovulation Test. What makes it so great? It’s over 99% accurate in detecting luteinizing hormone (LH) surges in laboratory studies.  LH indicates when you’re most fertile and likely to conceive which is 24-36 hours after you detect your LH surge.

Tip: Be sure to keep a journal as well. This may be an app on your phone, a charting website, or a plain old paper one. The more you know and are in rhythm with your cycle, the more likely you are to pinpoint ovulation. There is a wealth of resources available at  www.1stresponse.ca.

Use a sperm-friendly lube: The last thing you want to do is decrease your chances of getting pregnant because of the lubricant you choose. Pre-Seed™ Fertility-Friendly Lubricant is sperm friendly. It not only enhances your comfort; it’s specially formulated to mimic your body’s fertile fluids. Other lubricants, saliva and even oil can inhibit sperm from reaching the cervical opening but Pre-Seed is pH-balanced and isotonic, allowing sperm to swim freely.

Don’t let the suspense drive you crazy: The amount of time it takes to get pregnant is different for everyone but if you’re “dying” to know, I recommend the FIRST RESPONSE™ Early Result Pregnancy Test. It’s sensitive enough to capture scant amounts of pregnancy hormones to give you results 6 days sooner than your missed period.

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Turn to others for advice: Remember, we’re all here to help you along your pregnancy journey—you’re not alone. Chances are, there is someone else out there who is going through the same—or similar—experiences, so don’t be shy about reaching out.

Help spread the conversation: In the spirit of giving advice and sharing to help others in a similar situation, I’d love to hear your conception stories and especially some of your misconceptions around ovulation, birth control and tips for getting pregnant.trying to conceive

Share your stories and engage in the conversation online using #conceptionmisconceptions

* https://sogc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/gui324CPG1505E.pdf

**Helps to reduce the risk of neural tube defects when taken daily at least three months prior to becoming pregnant and during early pregnancy.

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Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. AD
    August 19, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Great tips! Something as simple as lube can make a huge difference!

  2. Janet M
    August 19, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Thank you for the tips. We are need a little help sometimes.

  3. Jonnie
    August 22, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Great tips! First response is our go-to brand for pregnancy tests but I didn’t realize they made prenatal vitamins!

  4. Julie
    September 26, 2017 / 10:31 am

    Mostly we have been lucky when trying to conceive but there was a time when it didn’t happen, in between my 2nd and 3rd child. I believe that letting it go for awhile and not allowing my desire to become pregnant control me, as well as becoming as healthy as I could, and some of your tips above, allowed me to become pregnant again.