Fertility Facts and Myths When Trying to Get Pregnant

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Fertility Facts and Myths When Trying to Get Pregnant
Fertility Facts and Myths When Trying to Get Pregnant
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Kirti Bhartari

Kirti Bhartari

I am mother of one. Beside nurturing her the best way I can and taking care of my family fronts, I am passionate about cooking and ayurvedas. I also like spending time around intellectuals. And, in future, I would like to start my own NGO with one motive – helping humanity.

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Am I the only one who thinks that myths are still overruling the facts, when it is about getting pregnant?

When it is about trying to get pregnant, we do have countless misconception pertaining to fertility, baby gender, intercourse position, skin tight clothes and so on. There are societies who think Chinese birth calendar can get them a baby of their preferred gender.  Some believe, one-time intercourse cannot get you pregnant and conceive during the period is not possible at all. The myths about fertility windows are also not uncommon. Let us discuss a few more myths in detail.

1Do it At the Right Time Theory

Many people do recommend having intercourse in the nighttime, while other says morning is  the best time. There are studies claiming that sperm counts in men increase during the daytime. There are studies with proofs that men with erectile dysfunction perform better in the morning.

Undoubtedly, timing plays the role.  But, the experts say, “it is more about the time of ovulation and there is no such thing called – best time for the intercourse, especially when it is about conceiving.” One can only get pregnant when egg meets sperm, so it is important to have intercourse during the time of ovulation, when you are trying to get pregnant.

You can help identify the “time of ovulation”, with a test to predict ovulation, or you can take your basal body temperature using a BBT thermometer every morning when you wake up.

ALSO TRY – Free Ovulation Calculator

2Sperm Count Theory

There are countless myths about the days before which a couple must abstain themselves from having intercourse. Some say, one should abstain in order to have a good sperm count, while other says regular intercourse increase the chances of getting pregnant.

The expert says, “to get pregnant, male sperm count matters; the better sperm counts the improved chances.” Due to a bad lifestyle, most men do lack a good sperm count and this is a simple technique that a man can use to build his sperm count.

Do abstain from having any intercourse a couple of days before the ovulation, to offer the maximum number of healthy sperms. The best time-frame for stopping any intercourse activity is – 3-5 days before ovulation, when you are trying to get pregnant.

3The Best Position Theory

“When you are trying to get pregnant; position barely matters.” There are many myths about good and bad intercourse positions when it is about getting pregnant. Most of the couples find it difficult to answer this question. Well, not all positions are equal especially when you are planning to conceive.

The best position advised is (no confirmations) – Man on top. The reason being – sperm is somehow helped by gravity to find its way to the cervix.

Some say if a woman might consider raising her hips with the support of a small pillow, to help the rest of sperm into the cervix, immediately after intercourse. But, honestly, this small distance barely affect (make or break) your chances of getting pregnant.

ALSO READ – Pregnancy Care Tips & Secrets You Must Learn

4Weight Theory

This is the most common misconception – weight affects your fertility. The experts say, a good weight ensure a good pregnancy and a woman must put on a correct weight. A little overweight is better than being too thin.

Studies have shown that nearly two – thirds of the women who were underweight, struggled with infertility. On the other side, women who were slightly overweight actually seems to a wonderful fertility.

5Fertility Window Theory

Another popular myth is about fertility window. The two days’ conceiving theory is completely rubbish. In fact, every woman has 6 days fertility window. The theories of getting pregnant on the 14th day of the cycle is also a stupid idea.

Actually, it depends on the cycle length. Also, the idea that you cannot get pregnant during the period is also a myth. Women with a shorter menstrual cycle could have their ovulation period  right after their periods, i.e. you could be fertile very early in your cycle even if you are still bleeding.

In addition, do not forget that sperm can survive for many days, so don’t think that having intercourse a couple of days before the ovulation cannot get you pregnant.

When you are trying to get pregnant, do keep yourself away from all such myths and misconceptions. The golden rule is – no stress at all because the stress is killing everything. Let me tell you, stress is not good for you or your baby – whether you are expecting one or planning one; it is not at all a good thing before the pregnancy and during pregnancy.

There are shreds of evidence that stress can increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight and possibly miscarriage. Do remember; positivism matters! For a safe and healthy pregnancy, watch out your routine, diet and lifestyle.

When you are trying to get pregnant, do keep in mind these aforesaid points. In addition to goo diet, spend at least half an hour doing exercise. And, do not forget regular medical checkup, just to make sure that you are offering a healthy body (yours’) to your baby.

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Kirti Bhartari

I am mother of one. Beside nurturing her the best way I can and taking care of my family fronts, I am passionate about cooking and ayurvedas. I also like spending time around intellectuals. And, in future, I would like to start my own NGO with one motive – helping humanity.