Friday, July 27, 2012

Motherhood Is A Woman's Delight

Every woman wants to bear children and experience motherhood. But, getting pregnant is not as easy as many women think. Timing is very important in the process. Some women get pregnant very soon and for a few others it takes many months or even years. In general, a woman may not become pregnant on their first attempt. If the age of a woman is below 30, she may conceive if she keeps trying for about a year or 18 months. According to a study, only 25% of the women get pregnant immediately after their first menstrual cycle and another 60% take about six months to conceive. The study also shows that 90% of the women get pregnant within a period of 18 months.

If you are a woman, you should understand your cycle first to plan for your pregnancy. If your menstrual cycle is regular, ovulation will occur from Day 11 and will last till Day 21 of this cycle. The most fertile period starts 4 or 5 days before the ovulation begins and remains till 1 or 2 days after ovulation. A day just before and a day just after the ovulation are the most probable days on which you have maximum chances of conceiving.

If you are eager to get pregnant, you are advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You should shun all the junk foods and the processed foods that contain preservatives and chemicals. You should switch to nutritious diets that consist of wholesome grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, etc. You are advised to take appropriate doses of Folic acid supplements to increase your chances of conceiving. If you are a smoker, you should reduce your smoking or if possible, stop it completely. Likewise, your consumption of alcoholic beverages should also be brought down. It has been found that smoking reduces the chances of getting pregnant by 40% and excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages inhibits hormone production. Drugs like cocaine, heroin, etc. are also harmful for hormone production. If you generally consume excessive amounts of coffee, you should reduce it also because caffeine may also delay pregnancy.

You should ensure that there is no increase in your weight. In general, obese, overweight and underweight women may take more time for getting pregnant.

You should learn to manage your stress levels judiciously. If your stress levels are high, your hormone production may be affected because Hypothalamus, that is mainly responsible for controlling production of hormones, may not function normally. So, the ovulation may become erratic and so, it may delay pregnancy.

If you keep these points in mind and take suitable steps, you are certain to conceive very soon.

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