Don’t Neglect Your Heart Health
Quality sperm is important in increasing the chances of conception. For Hubby, this means keeping the temperature of the testes cool – sperm loses energy and moves more slowly when temperatures are raised, says Dr Julianah. “So get him to wear boxer shorts, spend less time in saunas, have cool showers and stop putting his laptop on his lap.”
Keep Up Your Fitness Regime
Says Dr Wong: “Maintaining your pre-pregnancy fitness level prepares your body for the energy needed during delivery.”
But don’t overdo it – if your periods are irregular or you don’t even get your period, it means that the conditions aren’t right for pregnancy. So ease up on exercising and stick to low-intensity, non-contact activities like swimming, brisk walking, stationary cycling, low-impact aerobics and pilates, and your body will readjust. Cardiovascular exercise works the heart and lungs, and gets your heart rate up. During pregnancy, this is good for Baby. Dr Wong explains: “Labour is cardio-intensive – when you prepare to deliver, your heart rate increases. If your baby isn’t used to that sensation, he will feel distressed, which could lead to complications. Exercise helps condition your baby in utero to get accustomed to a faster heart rate.”
Take Regular Meals
“When you’re pregnant, don’t skip meals – doing so means your baby won’t be getting fixed doses of nutrients to grow and develop healthily,” says Dr Wong. Eat at regular intervals; if you have morning sickness, eat less but more often.
Don’t Give Up Hope!
Dr Julianah says that even if you’ve previously suffered up to five miscarriages, you still have a good chance – up to 70 per cent – of getting pregnant and delivering a live birth. If you opt for in-vitro fertilisation, best done when you’re below 35, the success rate is up to 50 per cent.
With intra-uterine insemination (IUI) – a process of artificial insemination – the pregnancy rate is 10-15 per cent for each IUI. It is best done when you are below 38.
“The important thing is to have faith and believe that you can get pregnant – being positive will help to facilitate the conception process too,” Dr Julianah advises.