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If you re one of the couples that have problems conceiving, you should know that there are various causes for that.

If you re one of the couples that have problems conceiving, you should know that there are various causes for that. Some of them you could change, such as habits or lifestyle, but for others, you may need professional help. Here are few things you should consider when trying to get pregnant.

Understanding the cycle

First you must understand how your body works. Your body is the most fertile just before the ovulation, so knowing when you re about to ovulate will help you to time the intercourse perfectly. To track your ovulation you should learn about menstrual cycle which lasts 28 days, but may vary between 25 and 34 days. Menstrual cycle is divided into two phases the follicular phase and the luteal phase. The first follicular phase is the beginning of the menstrual cycle and is also known as the pre-ovulation phase. It usually lasts between 13-18 days. The beginning of the second luteal phase is marked by ovulation, and this phase lasts on average between 12 -16 days. Understanding your cycle and when certain phases begin and end is very important to time your intercourse when you re fertile. Also, keep in mind that these could be possible signs of ovulation slightly increased body temperature, abdominal cramps, breast fullness and tenderness, as well as increased libido. Best advice is to keep a diary and track your cycle for perfect timing.

Get rid of bad habits

If you smoke, drink or use drugs, these could the reasons that prevent you from conception. Smoking damages woman s egg and lowers the sperm count. You re in the same position even if you don t smoke, but your partner does. Smoking marijuana occasionally and for fun is also devastating, because marijuana is known hormone production suppressor. Moderate alcohol intake probably won t significantly affect fertility, but you should avoid drinking completely when trying to get pregnant. Taking caffeine is somewhat controversial, because many suggest that couples shouldn t drink coffee and other caffeinated beverages at all, while others recommend caffeine as a sperm booster, especially if you want to conceive a boy.

Get rid of stress

We live in stressful times, and it s hard to get rid of it when you re surrounded with various difficulties in your life. However, when trying to conceive, you should consider taking a break from work and everyday s stress and going onto vacation. The best destination is mountain where you can enjoy slight exercise such as walking, and clean air. Relaxation might be your best ally. Also, enjoy each moment with your partner. Don t take conception too seriously, as a hard work or job that has to be done.

Be careful what you eat

Eat a plenty of food rich in vitamins, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, drink a lot of water. Eat food rich in folic acid because it's important ingredient when trying to conceive. Avoid fats, salty and artificially processed or flavored food. Fresh is better than canned.

Exercise moderately

Even small effort such as walking or swimming could be of great help when couples are trying to get pregnant. Exercise at least 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes at a time. Your exercise should be heavy, such as weight lifting, aerobic or pilates. Men should avoid cycling. Just keep it moderate, to increase blood flow and relax your muscles.

Ask for help

Don t hesitate to look for help. Many couples got pregnant after visiting the specialist. Sometimes the inability to conceive could be the result of various physical issues, such as irregular menstrual cycles, lack of ovulation, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, low sperm mobility or low sperm count, among others. Couples cannot know that without professional tests and opinion from your doctor. It s truth that 90% of couples get pregnant within 18 months, but if you've been trying to conceive for six months or more, you should visit a specialist.

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