Church & Dwight
Starting a family and having children is something many couples dream of. But the reality is that for many the dream of conceiving a child doesn’t always happen as they would expect it to. And here in Canada, fertility issues are on higher than they have ever been in the past several decades. One in six Canadian families will experience fertility-related issues, resulting in stress, pressure for the couples, challenges financially along the way during what should be their happiest moments.
National Infertility Awareness Week is here (May 12th – 20th), and Dr David Greenberg, Family Physician at St. Joseph Hospital, has some tips to help start the family planning.
- Tip #1 Don’t “try”!
For couples “trying” to conceive, every month can be filled with anxiety and worry. Heightened stress can actually cause more challenges. Therefore, it’s important to live in the moment and just enjoy your partner.
- Tip #2 It’s not your fault
There are lots of reason why conceiving a baby might prove to be difficult. It’s not anyone’s fault. Blaming yourself or your partner won’t fix the problem, and can actually lead to other issues in the relationship, including tension, strain and arguing.
- Tip #3 Live healthy
Why wait to find out your expecting to begin making changes to your diet and exercise. Behave like you are already pregnant by eating right, taking vitamins, avoiding alcohol, stop smoking and exercise sensibly.
- Tip #4 Know yourself
Your odds to conceive can be improved by having sex on days when conception is most likely. Every woman’s body is unique, and your own cycle should be taken into consideration. The First Response™ Digital Ovulation Test detects and tracks your personal daily baseline levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) to detect your personal LH surge, unlike other ovulation tests that use a preset “average” level to determine an LH surge.
- Tip #5 Know when to see an expert
Most couples who are trying to conceive will become pregnant within a year. For others it can take longer. If it’s taking longer than you expected to conceive, it’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor about what you should be doing to improve your chances of conceiving.
If you know anyone who is trying to conceive, the most important thing you can do for them is to be supportive and understanding. Every woman is different. It’s important you consult your doctor to find the best steps for you.