How to Plan for a Baby

Monday, 01 Nov 2010 03:29 PM

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Having a baby is generally considered easy, but for some couples it may be difficult. Some may find conceiving to be a real struggle. The couple might be completely healthy, but for some reason, the woman just can't conceive. Before considering artificial methods of conception, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind:
 
Your fertile period
Natural family planning or fertility awareness is one of the best ways to have a baby. In order to be aware of your fertile period, you will have to track your menstrual cycle for at least two months. There are different methods that are used to track the fertile period of a woman’s menstrual cycle. For example, the symptom-based method, the calendar method, or the breast-feeding method are all very common. You can read up on these procedures and then find out exactly the time of the month when the egg is released from your ovary. 

A few methods also suggest using a thermometer to track the basal body temperature, conducting hormone tests to check urine hormone levels, or the electrical resistance of a woman’s saliva. It should be noted that the egg persists in the uterus and remains alive for 24 hours, while sperm can survive for seven days in the female reproductive system. These methods can accurately predict the woman’s fertile period and increase the woman’s chance of having a baby.
 
In fact, researchers have stated that the closer to the fertile period that the couple has intercourse, the better the chance of conceiving.
 
Baby planning when you have been using oral contraceptive pills
If you’ve been using oral contraceptive pills, then you need to stop using them immediately. Fertility does return as the cycle regularizes itself, but sometimes, it takes about six months to a year for the cycle to become regular. As a result, you might find that it is difficult to conceive for about six months after you have stopped the pills. However, if you still don’t conceive for a year or more after stopping the pills, it’s best to get checked.

Plan pregnancy
If you have been struggling to conceive with natural methods, then you might consider artificial methods to help you become pregnant. Modern medicine offers a huge number of alternatives like artificial insemination, surrogates, and many more procedures that will increase your chances of having a baby.

When planning parenting, you should consider the advice of your doctor. Please note that baby planning will require cooperation from your mate, your family, and your doctor. The procedure can be expensive and repeated failures are possible.
 
Having a baby can be a wonderful experience for a couple, but conceiving can be a huge problem these days. Busy lives, marriages later in life, and increased stress can result in lowered libido and sex drive and greater difficulty conceiving. If natural methods do not help you conceive, modern medicine offers methods that may be helpful.

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