10 Common Baby Making Mistakes

10 Common Baby Making Mistakes

It’s very common for couples who are just starting their trying to conceive journey to make a few mistakes along the way. Whether you want to know how to conceive a girl or a boy, watch out for these pitfalls when you are trying to conceive. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

#1. Not knowing when you’re fertile

Probably the singlemost important thing to remember when you are wanting to get pregnant, is to figure out when are your most fertile days. If you don’t know when you ovulate, you will have a really hard time getting pregnant. You can find out when you ovulate by using an over the counter ovulation predictor kit, charting your basal body temperature or by noting changes in your cervical mucus.

#2. Not having sex on your fertile days

If you know when you are fertile, make sure that you are having sex during your fertile times. That doesn’t just mean having sex on the day of ovulation, but the day before ovulation as well as every other day after ovulation for 5-6 days, just to give your body the very best chances of getting pregnant.

#3. Having too much sex

Experts say that having sex every day is not the greatest idea when you are trying to conceive. This is because it can dramatically decrease the amount of sperm that a guy produces. Instead, doctors advise to wait at least one day in between having sex so that your guy has a chance to allow his sperm levels to build back up in the body.

#4. Not having enough sex

On the other side of the spectrum, we have the problem of not having sex enough. Some couples try to “save up” sperm for the woman’s fertile period, thinking that this might give them an increased chance of getting pregnant. This is not true, and not having enough sex can sometimes even lead to less healthy sperm.

#5. Thinking something is wrong when it’s not

Most couples don’t realize that getting pregnant can really be a time consuming process. Couples who have never conceived before often think that it should only take a month or two to get pregnant, but that is not usually the case. If you are under 35, it can take up to a year for a normal couple to get pregnant. Don’t rush things, and give yourself plenty of time.

#6. Waiting too long to see a specialist

While many couples think they should get pregnant right away, other couples wait too long to see a specialist. If you are under 35 and you have been trying to conceive for more than a year with no success, it is probably time to see a specialist and make sure that nothing is wrong. If you are over 35, six months might be a better time frame to go ahead and see a doctor to figure out whether or not there is a problem.

#7. Living an unhealthy life

Many men and women don’t understand that their habits outside of the bedroom can really have a huge affect on conceiving. There are so many different things that you might not think of that can affect your fertility. From diet and exercise to smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs, just about anything you do can affect your fertility. Even stress and depression can have an effect on your fertility.

#8. Taking credit for the problem

Many women, when they have problems conceiving, automatically assume that they have the problem and that they are the ones that are causing the issues. However, somewhere around 30 percent of couples with fertility issues have issues that are caused by the woman. Another 30 percent of couples have fertility issues caused by the male. The remaining percentage of couples who have fertility issues have problems that are based on both the male and female fertiltiy issues.

#9. Using a lubricant

While you might think that using a lubricant would be helpful in conceiving, the opposite is actually true. Most brands of lubricant actually contain ingredients that are harmful to sperm, and can kill sperm. The best advice is not to use a lubricant at all. However, if you really need to use a lubricant, choose PreSeed, the only “sperm friendly” lubricant on the market.

#10. Letting sex become a chore

When you are trying to conceive, charting your cycles, and remembering every little detail, sex can easily become a chore. It’s important that you keep the romance alive and don’t let all of the “science” of conceiving take over. Do your best to have spontaneous sex, not just “ovulation” sex, and make time to be romantic with your partner.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).