Anyone who ever plans to get pregnant hopes that the pregnancy is healthy for both the mother and the baby. Obviously, when it comes to pregnancy at or over 35 years of age, things get a bit more stressful. It goes without saying that as and when a woman ages, her chances of natural fertility keep going down. But it doesn’t mean that there are less chances of being pregnant. To up your chances of pregnancy after 35, here are some of the most sought after tips that also work wonders.
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1Take prenatal vitamins
If your body is not ready for pregnancy, there are less chances you will be able to sustain it. It only makes more sense to ensure that you take your doses of prenatal vitamins and supplements at the advice of your doctor. This will help you build a hospitable environment for your baby.
2Quit smoking and alcohol
Nobody ever said that smoking and alcohol do you any good. And they only further lower your chances of a successful and healthy pregnancy by adversely affecting your fertility. Nicotine and other harmful toxicants affect your ovaries, hormonal function and reproduction in general. Drinking also has a positive correlation with declining fertility in women.
3Lower your caffeine intake
Believe it or not but if you happen to be a caffeine addict (in any form), it greatly lowers your chances of a successful pregnancy. If it’s any consolation, once pregnant, women are advised to limit their caffeine intake if not get rid of it altogether. So if, say, you have 4-5 cups of coffee/tea a day, limit it to only once a day.
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4Keep a track of your fertility and ovulation days
As and when we get older, it becomes necessary for us to keep track of when our fertile days are and when we are ovulating. It really makes things easier because for many women, their drive for sex also decreases so when you know that on particular days your chances of getting pregnant are more, you might as well want to up your sexy game with your partner then.
5Have a healthier diet and lifestyle
Nothing works better at conception than having a healthy lifestyle and diet. When you start eating healthy, it automatically boosts your fertility. Ensure that you include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet along with essential vitamins and minerals. Also, make sure your diet contains Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and E among others.
6Take regular screening tests
More often than not, there are other underlying things causing us to not become pregnant. So it is only wise to make sure you keep yourself one step ahead by taking regular screening tests if necessary. Sometimes getting a complete hormonal profiling, testing whether there are any chromosomal abnormalities hindering conception… can do you good than you ever thought it would. Consult your doctor for better advice on what tests are to be carried out.
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More than anything, it is your attitude towards pregnancy that matters too. Believe it or not, negative thoughts have a great impact on your pregnancy. So think positive and good things will definitely happen.
Do you have any tips of your own to help increase chances of pregnancy after 35 years of age? Help our readers by sharing your experience in the comments.