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    Thumbs up Top Tips and Magic Tricks for Conception

    Hi Ladies!

    I'm being a conception detective and putting a call out to all those reading who have successfully conceived a baby to advise what they did/what herbs or vitamins etc they took/ when & how often they did the BD etc etc in that particular cycle which may have contributed to conception occurring. Was there anything you did differently than previously that you think may have made the difference?

    I think it would just be helpful and give some hope to those of us who are at the point of just thinking a BFP will never happen.

    I have done possibly close to a hundred hpt's and have never ever even seen a faint positive so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks and bring on the top tips and magic tricks!

    Top Tips So Far

    - BD every 2nd day
    - Stay lying down for as long as possible following BD to let the boys do their work. Perhaps try doing the bicycle exercise to help them on their way.
    - BD outside your 'fertile window' as it is uncanny the number of people who have told me they got UTD from having sex at a time of their cycle when they didn't think they were anywhere near ovulation
    - Monitor your cycle and learn when you are due to ovulate by:
    * using ovulation prediction kits, Maybe Baby, or by paying attention to the signs that your body gives you.
    Your CM will increase and become stretchy around ovulation. You may feel some telltale pain in your lower
    abdomen. You can also purchase a digital Basal Thermometer & monitor your waking temperature. The instructions that come with the thermometer will explain how you interpret the results in regard to pin-pointing when you are fertile (I bought one yesterday!)
    - Get your body in the best physical conditon you can for conception by eating well and take a supplement such as Elevit. Suggest that your man take a supplement too such as Menevit (mine refuses!!!)
    - Some of the super fertility foods include: Spinach, garlic, honey, avocado, whole grains, oysters, oily fish, full fat dairy (yay! Ditch that Rev ladies!), Lean Red Meat, chillies.
    - Some of the anti-fertility foods include green peas, caffeine, chocolate and anything with refined sugar in it (eg most junk food chicks!).
    - Consider using herbs that can increase fertility. Chinese herbal remedies are popular.
    - Try acupuncture. (Those Chinese know a thing or two about fertility - just look at their population!)
    - Buy tampons and pads in bulk. It's Murphy's Law - you may find out that you are UTD the next day!
    - Buy skinny body clothes. Murphy's Law again.
    - Don't use lubricants that aren't specifically sperm friendly because they will create a barrier preventing the sperm from swimming to where you want them to swim to!! Preseed is a sperm friendly lubricant that has a pH ideal for sperm and can both help them swim quicker and live longer. Yay!!!
    - If you believe you may have a Luteal phase Defect (ie. the time from when your normally ovulate to when your period is due is less than 12 days) try taking Vitamin B6. It may take up to 3 months to see results.
    - Eat full-fat dairy products as low-fat dairy consumption has been linked to infertility. It can mess with ovulation.
    - Try to eat as much organic foods as possible as they contain higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants
    Last edited by Witchypoo; 19-10-2008 at 12:52. Reason: Update Top Tips

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    Great idea for a thread Elle - looking forward to hearing from the experts!

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    I had one lucky bfp through buying a 32 pack of tampons, size 4 jeans, making our first fs appointment ..oh and of course bd on LH surge day then 2 days later and 2 days later. After the first bd, didn't get out of bed as I went to sleep... Hoping it works again.

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    I recommend getting yourself a maybe baby ovulation tester. Its a little microscope saliva tester which can be reused. When you are ovulating and around you fertile days it shows a fern pattern. It retails for around $70 at the chemist.
    I used it first time around and it worked for me. I was also taking elevit for about 3 months beforehand.
    Also - there is a supplement on the market for men to aid heathy sperm production. Google Menevit and you should find it. We havnt tried it so i cant vouch for it but am considering getting hubby some afterall its NOT all about the womens health.
    Second time around though after a MC im going to get really healthy (no more junk) Just brought a juicer and have been experimenting. Anyone know any fertility enhancing foods?

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    You could try acupuncture and Chinese herbs, as well as eating healthy, bd every second day, take a multi vitamin like elevit, exercise and pray to god.

    I hope this helps, I have my crossed for you all.

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    Hi All,
    I have been lurking around since by unexpected BFP waiting to see more BFPs. There is way too much chat on the june09 babies forum to keep up with so I just decided to watch this one with my for you all.
    I just wanted to add a little story on the irony of this little 'accident' growing inside me in the hope that it may shed some light.
    when DP and I first decided to TTC nothing happened for 12 months, we were young and going like rabbits but had no idea of cycles.
    then out of the blue I realised I was 2 1/2 weeks late and there was a BFP. Went to docs next day and confirmed it only to have a M/C next day, just before we told everyone.
    so another 6 months went by but this time I knew what to do (the timing, DP on top and the bum up in the air for ages after BD). Finally a BFP at 7DPO only to to get my period on time, chemical pg.
    But the next month proved to be the winner with DD 1
    When we (well I) decided to trick DP into TTC #2 (what guy turns it down really?) it took 4 months of good timing and bums up to get BFP and DD2.
    After DD2 I decided not to go back on the pill as it stuffed me up and made endometriosis (diagnosed few years b4 DD1) worse. We did really well by timing to NOT BD around O, CD12-14. Unfortunately though one morning when I said to DP I will O in a few days he thought that meant safe to NOT be safe (men) and as soon as I realised, it was too late. So I jumped up and washed what I could away in a shower. To my shock I o'd the next day and 7 days later there was a line. I just can't believe that after 22 months of trying really hard for babies one happened so quickly whilst NOT trying. And DP wasn't even on top. lol
    I guess the whole point of this is that sometimes giving it a break and thinking about just enjoying the BD for no reason might help just a little. If not make you and DP a little happier!!

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    Acupuncture and BDing every 2nd day leading up to and just after O.

    Good luck

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    Now,
    after making you read all that as a TTC addict (when I was trying that is) here are my top pointers
    1. Check the CM, get to know it, it will help a bit on the O front, it gets clear and stringy like
    2. CP can also help, tends to be lower and awaiting sperm when O is lurking, harder to tell after having a vaginal birth but it was good the first time
    3. As I get closer to O it gets sore in the ovary region. To the point of it hurting to sit down and also to BD. once the pain goes O has happened (PCO may have a lot to do with this I think)
    4. If you get a sharp pain around CD12-16 for about 10-30 seconds it is probably O
    5. I have been told that to BD every second night is good but I think it is always better when it is not scheduled, you are meant to enjoy it! Reason for this one is the majority of the sperm can live for 48 hours. So you are nearly always covered.
    6. After the BD you can hold you bum up a little higher to help gravity, I did the upside down bicycle exercise, that way I was getting exercise as well as looking silly
    7. As mentioned above fall asleep after BD instead of getting up, did this with DD1 and DD2. after the bicycle exercise I was tired lol but it did end in BFPs
    8. Temping has also proved a wonderful thing, you can get chart on fertility friend for free I believe, never needed them myself
    9. OPK are good and you can even use them as HPTs if you have some left over, never needed them myself either
    10. MOST IMPORTANT! enjoy BD. It is not only for making babies it is also to be enjoyed and bring the partners closer together, not a job that has to be done, also you want to remember how baby was made in a good way (I could tell some FUNNY stories there).
    Sorry to waffle on!
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    Well after a slow start this thread has taken off!!! Thanks for the contributions ladies. In summary so far the #1 tip most often mentioned would be to BD every 2nd day. I will keep a list of all the tips at the beginning of the thread so you can monitor them from there if it's easier/quicker.

    Melj83: As far as fertility enhancing foods go I found this info below:

    [ Whole grains

    Whole grains such as oats, brown rice, whole wheat and quinoa are complex carbohydrates and so not only give you lots of energy for baby-making by releasing sugar into your blood slowly and evenly, but also contain an abundance of B and E vitamins that are essential for cellular reproduction, hormonal balance and the production of healthy ova and sperm.

    Oily fish

    Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are the best source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) omega-3 and omega-6 which play an important role in regulating reproductive functioning, improving blood flow and enhancing sperm quality and mobility. Flaxseed oil is a good EFA alternative for those who don't eat fish.

    Full fat dairy

    Research has found that women who eat at least one portion of full fat dairy a day are significantly less likely to suffer from fertility problems that those who consistently go for low fat or non dairy options. Dairy products are also a great source of calcium which is important in the development and maintenance of the nervous system, bones and blood.

    Garlic

    Although not typically known as a food for romance, garlic contains an abundance of fertility boosting nutrients and can easily be neutralised with parsley. It's a great source of the mineral selenium which is thought to enhance male fertility and help prevent the chromosome breakage that may play a role in early miscarriage. Garlic also contains vitamin B6 which helps to regulate hormones and strengthens the immune system.

    Lean red meat

    Lean red meat is a great source of iron which helps to prevent anaemia, decreases the risk of ovulatory infertility and plays a role in the production and function of red blood cells. Red meat is also a good source of vitamin B12 which is essential in the maintenance and development of the nervous system.

    Honey

    Honey has been used to enhance fertility throughout history as it is incredibly rich in the minerals and amino acids that nourish the reproductive system and stimulate ovarian function. It's considered by many to be a fertility boosting super food.

    Spinach

    Spinach and other leafy greens are an excellent source of folic acid which is important in optimising sperm production, facilitating regular, healthy ova production and helping to prevent neural tube defects during early pregnancy. It is also a great source of iron and vitamin C which helps to enhance sperm quality by protecting the DNA stored within it from damage.

    Oysters

    It is the abundance of zinc found in this seafood delicacy that gives it its fertility boosting qualities. Zinc is often considered to be the most important fertility nutrient as it has been shown to help with both healthy sperm and egg production. If oysters aren't your thing, zinc can also be found in baked beans, eggs, nuts, whole grains and pumpkin seeds.

    Chillies

    These certainly 'spice' things up in the fertility department by increasing the flow of blood around the body, ensuring that the reproductive system gets a healthy supply. Chillies also stimulate endorphin production which means more fertility boosting, stress releasing, happy hormones circulate around your body and are also an excellent source of vitamin C which helps with iron absorption.

    Avocado

    Avocado provides a rich source of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant and an essential fertility nutrient for both men and women as it improves the viability of sperm and helps to regulate both ovulation and the production of cervical mucus. It is also an excellent source of unsaturated fats which are essential for healthy hormone functioning, olive oil is another good vegetable source.

    In general when trying for a baby it pays to go for good quality, unprocessed foods as these are likely to be much richer in vitamins, minerals and nutrients and also freer from pesticides and added oestrogens that may disrupt reproductive functioning in both men and women. By supplementing a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle with the foods listed above you will help to ensure you have all the nutrients you need to ensure your reproductive system is in optimum condition.]

    Also on one of the other threads one of the ladies mentioned that to help with implantation you should eat fresh pineapple, nuts, red capsicum and strawberries. So maybe these would be good to eat from ovulation to AF.

    And I have also read that there are some antifertility foods to avoid. The one that has stuck in my mind is peas!!! Apparently there is a natural chemical in peas called m-xylohydroquinone that has contraceptive effects. Studies have shown that this chemical can cut pregnancy rates by up to 60% and reduce a man's sperm count by 50%. The University of Illionois in the US is studying the use of pea oil as a natural contraceptive (apparently it has been used by women in Tibet as a contraceptive for years). So don't eat your peas!!!

    CJ_15_5: I did the bicycle exercise after BD last week and my DH said "What are you doing?". I said "This is meant to help your sperm get there quicker". He then said "You're not normal" and left the room! Thanks for all your super tips.
    Last edited by Witchypoo; 11-10-2008 at 21:07.

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    I have never really TTC but for my last I wanted to start in June so in May I... ( this was for a girl)
    1. Charted using fertility friend found my exact O day
    2. Took cranberry, calcium and magnesium vitamins
    3. Cut out caffeine and chocolate
    4. drank lots of water
    5. Stopped Bding 5 days before O day
    6. No orgasm ( this goes against all that you have read)

    June I was pregnant yep it took one month but they say after one pregnancy you are very fertile. I haven't been on the pill since Ds1.


 

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