For the 6 million couples trying to conceive, the best gift would be
a positive pregnancy test. These couples are often bombarded with advice.
But what really works?
To increase your chances of getting pregnant, first, get "cleared for take-off":
ask your doctor about your risks, medicines or lifestyle changes. Next, relax:
the baby-making process can be stressful, especially for couples who have been
trying for some time.
The common sense things all apply: If you smoke, stop. Avoid alcohol. Diet
and exercise are important, but it is possible to be too thin. Too much exercise
can also reduce fertility. Women: take folic acid, 400 mcg per day, and get
enough calcium. Limit caffeine: even one cup of coffee per day can decrease
Men, protect your family jewels: wear boxers, not briefs and avoid
hot tubs. Women: avoid douches and lubricants. Most importantly, when trying
to conceive, timing is everything--yet most women don't know their most fertile
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Created: 11/30/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.