10 ways to improve your chances of getting pregnant

These healthy habits may increase your chances of conceiving.

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  • Experts admit that it is still a mystery why some women can get pregnant very easily, while some can spend years trying with no success. Every situation is so different, that there doesn't seem to be one answer. However, scientists and doctors have discovered that certain lifestyle adjustments may increase your chances of conceiving a baby.

  • Take a look at these findings and discuss them with your spouse and doctor.

  • If you and your spouse are struggling to get pregnant, give some of these daily habits a try.

  • 1. Cut the soda

  • According to a study co-written by Lauren Wise, Sc.D, fertility rate is 16 percent lower in women who drink two or more servings of any type of soda a day.

  • 2. Go to bed early

  • A survey indicated that women who regularly get seven to eight hours of sleep per night observed better results when undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. It seems a little extra sleep can go a long way.

  • 3. Brush your teeth

  • Taking good care of your teeth can have more benefits than just a clean mouth. A 2011 Australian study has shown that gum disease may add two months to the time it takes to conceive. If you and your spouse have decided that it is time to start a family, visit your dentist and have a cleaning and assessment done.

  • 4. Don't overdo your exercise

  • If you are in the habit of exercising and want to get pregnant, do not overdo it. Research suggests that lean women working out vigorously five hours or more per week are 42 percent less likely to get pregnant than women who do not exercise quite so hard. Consider discussing this with your doctor or personal trainer.

  • 5. Limit his time in front of the TV

  • Is your man the type who likes to sit in front of the TV for hours? Help your husband quit this habit if you are planning on having a baby. In 2013, a Harvard study showed that men who watch over 20 hours of television per week have a 44 percent lower sperm count than those who hardly watch.

  • 6. Control anxiety

  • Anxiety disturbs those trying to conceive. So, if possible, try to control or lower your stress level. Sarah Berga, MD, explains, "If your stress levels are too high, you will simply stop ovulating."

  • 7. Try avoiding gluten

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  • Gluten intolerance is one of the factors for certain reproduction and fertility problems. A recent study by Columbia University showed that 6 percent of women encountering unexplained infertility issues have celiac disease. The study's author, Peter Green, MD, said, "They produce antibodies which can interfere with the development of the placenta."

  • 8. Encourage your husband to lose weight

  • Men at a healthy weight tend to be more fertile. Being overweight can cause lower sperm count and concentration, according to a study done in 2013.

  • 9. Stop Smoking

  • According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, smoking results in lower sperm quality. Therefore it is highly recommended that one stops smoking if trying to conceive. Along with heping to conceive, giving up smoking has other countless health benefits.

  • 10. Find another place to put his phone

  • A review published by the Environmental Working Group reported that men who keep phones on their belts or in their pants pockets have lower sperm counts, due possibly to electromagnetic waves emitted by the devices.

  • _This article is a translation and adaption of the original article,"10 meios de melhorar as chances de engravidar."

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