Considering that I started out my journey as a mother with twins, I always get the question, “So do you want more?” and I’m forced to come up with a coy answer that leaves me with some privacy and leaves a touch of mystery on the subject of what I intend to do with my Uterus. Something along the lines of, “I actually
like LOVE being a mother, so anything is possible, so who knows.” (See what I did there?) I give up NO information on what my plans are for the size of my family.
Though I do not follow the Kardashian-Jenner’s to know the ins and outs of their family, curiosity and the journalist in me got the best of me this weekend. I was caught up with the emotions that come around when your children reach milestone birthdays such as the twins turning 5 on Feb. 1 right after my youngest turned 1. Kylie the youngest of the family announced that she had given birth and shared a beautiful dedication video that included the magical moments of pregnancy, labor and delivery.
I have to admit, my uterus did a few somersaults when I heard the doppler of the babies heartbeat and the newborn crying. If you weren’t already thinking about opening the baby factory, you might be after watching the video. So aside from just seeing what happens, there are a few ways that you can take matters in your own hands and increase your odds of becoming pregnant.
Below are Dr. Richard-Davis’ top tips for trying to conceive and ensuring the healthiest pregnancy possible in 2018:
• Identify your fertile window. Tracking ovulation and identifying fertile days is easily done at home with a test like the First Response Digital Ovulation Test. Tracking ovulation can be challenging if a woman’s menstrual cycle is irregular so consult a doctor in this case.
• Begin taking folic acid found in prescription prenatal vitamins like OB Complete even if pregnancy is just a thought. A new study shows it can lower autism risks and prevent neural tube defects, or those of the brain and spine.
• Schedule a preconception checkup with your gynecologist for a physical, to review medical history, and to feel, both mentally and physically, more prepared for pregnancy.
• Be wary of personal lubricants. Vaginal dryness is twice as common in women who are trying to conceive due to the stress of ‘sex on demand.’ So, when using a lubricant, remember that most will harm sperm motility which is why it’s important to use a fertility-friendly lubricant like Pre-Seed that encourages sperm to swim freely and meet an egg.
• Practice healthy sleep habits. A recent study suggests that women with sleep disorders may be three times as likely to struggle with infertility.
• A healthy diet and frequent exercise are important before and during pregnancy. It is important to optimize weight before conception as obese women have a lower chance of pregnancy and a higher risk of miscarriage.
“If you suspect you’re pregnant, but haven’t yet missed your period, try First Response ‘Triple Check’ pregnancy kit which includes one early result test that can tell you six days before a missed period, a digital test to follow up, and a rapid result test to take on the day of your missed period,” adds Dr. Richard-Davis. “The earlier you confirm a pregnancy, the sooner you can implement important behavior and lifestyle changes- like eliminating smoking or drinking.”