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Trying to Conceive – Charting

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Trying to Conceive – Charting Charting is a big part of the lives of many women who are trying to conceive, and yet for many more it is a confusing process. If you are trying to conceive or thinking about trying in the future (or if you are just mystified by what it all means) then it is important to understand ovulation and how it is linked to conception. It is also important for men to understand why their partner is doing these sometimes strange things, and why they are so important for you…

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Understanding Your Cycle

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Understanding Your Cycle One of the best ways to boost your chances of conception easy and naturally is to understand the monthly cycle that determines when you are fertile. What is the “Fertile Window” This is a 5 or 6 day window in the monthly cycle when a woman is at their most fertile. This time is during the lead-up to ovulation, which is when an egg is released and travels down the fallopian tube. While the egg only survives for a day after ovulation, sperm can survive for anything…

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The Importance of Pre-Pregnancy Folic Acid

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The Importance of Pre-Pregnancy Folic Acid Folic acid (vitamin B9) is an important supplement during early pregnancy, but it is also extremely important when you are trying to conceive or thinking about trying in the near future. Folic acid is added to some foods and found naturally in others, but it is recommended that you take an additional amount in the form of a supplement (400mcg is recommended until after the first trimester). Supplements of folic…

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Losing Weight Before Pregnancy

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Losing Weight Before Pregnancy Many women can benefit from losing some weight before trying to conceive, but there might be more benefits than you think to shifting a few pounds before pregnancy. The key is to lose weight in a safe, healthy way that can be maintained easily. Crash dieting, fasting or fad diets may help you lose weight, but the results will be temporary as these techniques are almost impossible to maintain over time. By losing…

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Are you Ready for a Baby?

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Are you Ready for a Baby? Knowing if you are ready for a new addition to the family can be simple – sometimes everything seems to be aligned and you just know that now is the perfect time to try for a child; everyone is in agreement, your life is sorted, finances secure and biological clock ticking away happily. Of course, there are times when it doesn’t seem so simple and straightforward. Remember that even when life seems perfect and the…

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Smoking and Fertility

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Smoking and Fertility There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about how smoking affects fertility. So, what are the facts? Is it the same for men and women? Is it actually worth quitting? We are all aware that smoking is bad for the health generally. There is a huge campaign to make us aware of the risks, from respiratory problems to cancer. What many people are less aware of, however, is the effect on the reproductive health.…

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Lifestyle Changes for Fertility

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Lifestyle Changes for Fertility When you are trying to get pregnant, you often feel like you would make any change to your lifestyle that might possibly make it easier or faster for you to get pregnant. One of the big questions many couples ask is about their diet and lifestyle. Can small changes to your daily routine make it more likely for you to conceive? Does it matter what you eat or how much exercise you do? We all know that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise make for better…

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Age and Fertility – Men and Women

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Age and Fertility – Men and Women Fertility is affected by age. So how old you are will affect your chances of getting pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy and also how long it takes to get pregnant in the first place. If you are thinking of getting pregnant and are concerned that your age may make this more difficult, then speak to your doctor who can advise you on your personal circumstances and how you may be able to increase your chances.…

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