You’ve decided you’re ready for a baby. Congratulations! We know how exciting this time can be. Yet we also know that attempting to make an entirely new human can be emotional, tough and frustrating.

While you can’t always control the fertility process, there are many things you can do to increase your chances of conceiving, including: decreasing stress, fertility tests, a more balanced lifestyle, checking in on your diet, being aware of sperm health, and getting to know your body better.

To begin, let’s start with my top 8 tips!

1.      Manage your expectations
You may have been trying for a while now – and it already feels like forever! Yet if falling pregnant still hasn’t happened, remember conceiving can take six to 12 months, so be realistic with your expectations.

2.     
Start now
If you’ve just finished taking the pill or removed your contraception method, start trying straight away. Get to know your body and fertile window http://angea.com.au/the-big-o/

3.      Get to know your cycle again
If you’ve been on the pill for a while, you’ve stopped knowing your natural cycle. Use this time to learn and understand it again. Your body has a language that communicates to you, in the way of fertile cervical mucus. 

4.      Try frequently
We recommend trying to have sex at least three to four times a week to ensure a healthy amount of sperm is always present to fertilize the egg. Ovulation normally lasts for 24-48hours. Sperm can survive for 3-5 days. Having sex prior, during and post ovulation increases your chances of conception. Click on the link to read how you can improve sperm quality http://angea.com.au/how-to-improve-mens-sperm/

 5.      Go for a medical checkup
When trying for a baby, it’s important to see a doctor to check for rubella, have a pap smear, and an overall sexual health check, sperm analysis and pelvic ultrasound. This will rule out anything early on and ensure your body is prepared as much as possible.

6.      Relax and remove the pressure
When people decide to have a baby, they can begin putting pressure on one another. Trying for a baby should be fun, not a chore. Sit down together and decide that you’re going to make it as easy as possible from the start. This way your mindset is positive through the highs and lows. Remember you’re a team, and the more you support one another, the more strength you’ll have to draw upon.

7.      Rid the unnecessary toxins
Clean your system by cutting out alcohol, cigarettes, wheat, dairy, gluten and processed foods from your lifestyle. The healthier your body is the easier it can be to conceive. Your diet is the foundation to your fertility, so it’s important to take a moment to check if there are any changes or improvements you can make.

8.      Evaluate your work/life balance
It’s easy to get caught up in saying yes to work or social outings, but this is where couples often feel too exhausted to have a baby. Spend a moment checking in, finding out if you are exhausted and why. While no two days are the same, if you’re striving for balance, you’re less likely to sacrifice your time and yourself.

Baby Body Ready by Dr Amanda Waaldyk (TCM) is a new fertility guide which takes a light hearted, fun approach to a topic that can be challenging to navigate. Her book is a fantastic resource for those trying to conceive, as well as those who want to learn everything about their fertility, body and cycles. You’ll have access to vital information and facts you haven’t yet discovered online, in discussion forums or even in your doctor’s office. Order your copy from https://www.angeashop.com/collections/digital-book