You’ve heard the talk about the birds and the bees, and it seems like conceiving a child would be quite simple. However, many couples in High Desert are disappointed after months of trying when they are not pregnant. At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we remind Apple Valley women that it can take a normal, healthy couple up to 1 year to conceive a child. However, with a little bit of extra planning and tracking, you may be able to become pregnant sooner rather than later.

How Can I Increase My Chances of Becoming Pregnant?

Track your cycles and determine when you ovulate. The average menstrual cycle lasts for 28 days, with ovulation occurring on cycle day 14. Ovulation is the part of the cycle when the egg releases from the ovary, and is able to be fertilized. Conception can only occur at this point of the menstrual cycle. It is important to note that not all women ovulate on or around day 14. Fertility charting as well as ovulation predictor kits can help you determine when you are near ovulation.

Actively work to keep your stress levels down. Stress has many detrimental impacts on your body, including disrupting the normal hormone cycle and changing when ovulation occurs. It should be noted that sudden and unexpected stress such as family issues, an injury or a workplace event will have a more negative impact on the body rather than normal everyday stress. Women who are trying to conceive should enjoy natural relaxation methods such as light exercise, yoga and meditation.

Adjust your diet in order to prepare your body for pregnancy. Substances like alcohol and caffeine can make it more difficult for a woman to conceive, so it is important to enjoy alcohol, coffee and soda in moderation. A glass of wine on the weekend or a cup of coffee in the morning will not prevent you from conceiving, but some research shows that five cups of coffee per day or two alcoholic drinks per day can negatively impact your ability to get pregnant.

Dr. Ahmadinia invites all women in the High Desert region who are hoping to become pregnant to set up a consultation appointment with him. It is imperative to work with your OB/GYN throughout the process of trying to conceive, as your doctor can help provide you with personalized tips and advice. If you are still trying unsuccessfully, you may need to work with your doctor in order to get assistance with conception.

There are many options available today for women who are struggling with their fertility. For more information about tracking your cycles and increasing your chances of conception, contact our office today in order to set up an appointment with Dr. Ahmadinia.