There are many theories and beliefs about maximizing the chances of becoming pregnant. Doctors’ opinions are often divided over their effectiveness. There are a few courses of action, however, that most specialists agree can help:

  • Work out - regular to medium intensity exercise may help increase your chances of conception. Doing yoga carries many benefits, as it helps your body stay healthy and also manage stress better. Don't overdo the intensity of your exercise regime, however, because training sessions that are too exhausting may have the opposite effect and may end up inhibiting ovulation and disrupting your menstruation cycles.
  • Get enough sleep - sleep at least 7-8 hours a day. Less sleep may disrupt the function of the adrenal gland, cause problems with ovulation, and thus decrease fertility.
  • Do not smoke - smoking greatly reduces fertility and increases the risk of miscarriage. Smoking has a negative effect on the production of egg cells, increases their proneness to genetic defects, and may lead to early menopause.
  • Limit stress - stress has a very negative effect on the ability to conceive. It may cause problems with ovulation and fertilization, and even increase the risk of miscarriage. If you're not able to fully eliminate stress from your everyday life, learn to manage it. Try yoga, relaxation and breathing techniques, or acupuncture.
  • Pay attention to what you eat and maintain proper body weight - avoid unsaturated fats, replace animal protein with vegetable protein (beans, peas, lentils) and eat wholesome dairy products (this is not a good time to replace them with their skim or light versions). Remember that being either overweight or underweight may disrupt your body's hormonal balance and cause fertility problems.
  • Do not use lubricants during sex - most of them kill sperm.
  • Don't mix sperm with saliva - some research shows that saliva may reduce sperm motility by as much as 50%.
  • Avoid Kegel exercises immediately after intercourse - they may push the sperm out of the cervix.
  • Enjoy sex – don't worry about the sexual position or whether you have an orgasm; contrary to popular belief, neither affects your chances of getting pregnant.
  • Take prenatal vitamins containing folic acid - women who take vitamins containing folic acid have more regular cycles and get pregnant faster. Additionally, folic acid taken before and during pregnancy reduces the risk of birth defects.