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Are You Having Trouble Conceiving?

When you want to become pregnant and have a baby, the process of conceiving can seem like it takes an eternity.

To make matters worse, if you are having difficulties and been trying for months with no success, you may be wondering what is going wrong. Below is some useful information to help you better understand why you may be having trouble.

The first thing you must understand when trying to get pregnant are your odds each month. It is estimated that only about 25% of couples trying to get pregnant will do so within the first month of trying, 60% will succeed within six months, 75% within nine months, 80% within 12 months, and 90% within 18 months. So, if you are just starting out, try not to get too down-hearted if it doesn't happen straight away.

Factors that may affect your fertility

One such factor is smoking. If you or your partner smokes, you are as much as 60% more likely to be infertile than someone who does not smoke.

Another factor that could affect your fertility is alcohol use. While moderate alcohol drinking will most likely impact your fertility only somewhat, it is best to avoid it completely if you want to increase the likelihood of becoming pregnant.

Caffeine should also be limited or avoided. While some experts believe caffeine is harmful in even small amounts, others believe moderate use should be just fine when trying to conceive.

Poor diet can be detrimental to fertility. Since your body is going to need to be in optimal condition to undergo all of the chances necessary to carry a baby, it is critical it be in top shape prior to becoming pregnant as well. Be sure to eat a healthy, well balanced diet of leafy greens, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean protein.

Another issue that definitely impacts fertility is stress. If you live, or work in a stressful setting, you will want to consider removing yourself from that stress. Just as stress can affect other aspects of your health, such as your heart and blood pressure, it can also decrease your chances of becoming pregnant. If you cannot leave your job or the cause of your stress, you will want to practice deep breathing exercises, and other stress relieving tactics.

Finally, your age has a great deal to do with fertility. For the most part, women over the age of 35 find their pregnancy chances on the decline. This is because after this age, the number of viable eggs available decreases greatly, as does the quality of the eggs. Being of advanced age puts both the woman and the foetus at greater risk for complications and birth defects as well.

If you find yourself having trouble conceiving, it is always recommended that you consult your doctor for advice. He or she can run tests to rule out physical problems, and can provide guidance as to how to improve your overall chances of becoming pregnant.

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