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Five Things to Do if You Are Trying to Get Pregnant
By Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill and Dr. Alane Park, OB/GYNs and Chief Medical Consultants for e.p.t®
You’re trying to get pregnant and you’re feeling anxious as months one and two have gone by without a positive pregnancy test. The general rule of thumb is that it makes sense to try on your own for six months if you’re over 35, or one year if you are 35 or younger. If you surpassed those milestones, or you have concerns about your fertility or your partner’s, it’s time to see a fertility doctor. But for the rest of you, these five actions might be all you need:
- Take a prenatal supplement with folic acid. It is recommended that women of childbearing age take folic acid daily. Folic acid is critical to the health of your growing fetus, preventing birth defects of the brain and spine. And a recent study indicated that folic acid may reduce the risk of autism.
- Monitor ovulation. Timing is key to getting pregnant. The e.p.t™ Ovulation Test Plus monitors your LH surge, and with over 99% accuracy can let you know when you are ovulating. Not only is it easy to use and read, it comes with a 30-day supply of prenatal folic acid (see #1).
- Clean up your act. You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating. Stop smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, and reduce caffeine intake. A healthier you will lead to an easier time getting and staying pregnant.
- Check your vaginal health. Some vaginal infections are asymptomatic and can go undetected – and certain infections, if untreated, can lead to pregnancy complications such as preterm labor. Before trying to conceive, make sure you’re in the clear with the e.p.t™ Preconception Health Test, which can detect an elevated vaginal pH level, which can signify an infection. It’s as accurate as a doctor’s test, and easy to use.
- Maintain a healthy weight. A healthy diet and regular exercise (just 30 minutes of walking a day) can lower your body mass index (BMI), improve symptoms related to polycycstic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and increase your chances of getting pregnant and delivering a healthy baby.