Follow this expert advice to help boost your chances when trying for a baby.
Historically, for most women, the pregnancy announcement is kept secret until they reach the 12 week mark. However, a new national study by Clearblue has revealed that Aussie women aged 25-44 are now twice as likely to tell their family and friends that they are trying to conceive compared to the baby boomer generation.
Experts warn that by making the news public, Aussie couples could be putting additional pressure on themselves at an already stressful period in their lives, making it even harder to fall pregnant.
“In general as a society we are more used to sharing personal information thanks to social media and reality TV so it has become more acceptable and less taboo to share news on trying to conceive," says Head and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UNSW and Clearblue Advisor, Professor William Ledger.
"However trying to get the timing right for the best chance of conception can become stressful, especially when there is the added pressure of knowing that friends and family know that a couple are trying. Well meaning questions can become hurtful if conception does not occur quickly and the pressure builds up month after month. It’s probably good advice to keep quiet until a pregnancy is confirmed, at least outside the close family circle".
If you are thinking about conceiving, here are some top tips from Professor Ledger, to help give you the best possible chance:
1. Get the timing right.
You're only fertile for three or four days per month. Take time to work out when this is, and consider using an ovulation predictor kit to make sure. But don't be too focussed on intercourse only at the "right" time – try to enjoy a happy love life and a loving relationship with your partner
2. Have plenty of sex.
Sperm DNA quality improves if there is frequent ejaculation. There is no benefit from 'saving up' the sperm. Quality goes down. Try to have sex two or three times each week so long as this does not create too much stress and pressure for you both
3. Keep things in perspective.
Taking lots of time off work and becoming too focussed on conception just increases stress and is not helpful. Keep going with your daily life and keep busy.
4. Have a preconception check up with your GP.
Check you are up to date with your Pap smear, rubella vaccination and also see your dentist – women with poor dental hygiene have an increased risk of premature birth. Have your flu vaccine also – H1N1 flu is dangerous to pregnant women
5. Consider a basic fertility workup.
It’s easy to have a measurement of AMH to check egg reserve, an ultrasound scan to check the uterus and ovaries are in good shape, and a sperm test for your partner. Your GP or a specialist can arrange this.
Clearblue offers products to test for ovulation and determine whether or not you’re pregnant.
For more information on the Clearblue products, visit www.clearblue.com/au or call Clearblue’s Careline on 1800 125 021.