When trying to conceive for the first time, couples often make certain mistakes that delay conception. Here are 7 common fertility mistakes every couple makes and ways to improve your chances to get pregnant:

  1. Timing

Typically, women have a 28-day cycle, which means ovulation generally happens around day 14. However, it isn’t guaranteed that every woman goes through the same. Individual cycles vary and you may have one that’s shorter or longer. In order to figure out the exact date of your ovulation, you can count back 14 days from the day you started your period.


  1. Seeing an expert to soon

Most women under 35 take up to a year to get pregnant. If you’re feeling frustrated after trying for 6 or 7 months, and don’t have any underlying health problem, it is better to wait it out. Almost 80% of healthy couples get pregnant within a year. If you’re over 35, see an expert after six months of trying.


  1. Waiting too long to see an expert

Sometimes, there are exceptions to the one-year-wait rule. If your cycle is shorter than 25 days or longer than 35 days, if your periods are painful or heavy, or you’ve experienced a pelvic infection in the past, see a doctor sooner to get everything checked.


  1. Having Unhealthy Habits

While it is important to quit unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking once you get pregnant, starting on healthy habits can help improve your fertility. Apart from this, other lifestyle factors can affect your fertility. Experts suggest that before trying to conceive, couples must start on healthy and balanced diets, reduce caffeine intake, and maintain optimum weight.


  1. Relying only on Position

When trying to conceive, it does not matter what position you have sex in. A sperm goes towards the woman’s egg the moment a man ejaculates. Stressing over position does not help and will only delay your chances of pregnancy.


  1. Having too much Sex

Too much sex can decrease a man’s sperm count, which can take a few days to rebound. Once you find the date of your ovulation, experts recommend you have sex every other day in the week leading up to ovulation, and during the week after.


  1. Relying too much on Prenatal Vitamins

Taking prenatal pills every day will not increase your chances of getting pregnant. However, it is important to keep taking them if you’re trying to conceive. In order to avoid future problems with baby’s spine, moms-to-be should take plenty of folic acid in her system at the time of conception. It is important to start your vitamin routine before pregnancy test come back positive.

If you’re trying to conceive, talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles to understand more about pregnancy and conception.

*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.

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