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Trying To Conceve
No evidence it helps: There is some scientific evidence that vitex (chaste tree berry) may help with pms symptoms and cyclic mastalgia (breast pain) but no studies showing that it helps women trying to conceive or helps with ovulation problems. We don't know if vitex is safe when you're pregnant, so you should stop taking it when you get a positive pregnancy test. See a fertility specialist if TTC without success. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go for it: You want to be in the best shape of your life, pregnant or non-pregnant. There are numerous regimens, just find one that fits your mindset and pocket book. ...Read more
Prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins contain the needed amounts of iron and folic acid. Folic acid 800 micrograms (0.8 mg) is the typical dose in prenatal vitamins. Recently dha has been added to prenatal vitamins which in some studies have showed that there is improved developmental outcomes in babies. You should start prenatal vitamins ahead of getting pregnant. ...Read more
Have sex!: Regularly. Don't use contraception or wear condom. No position better than other. Just enjoy your togetherness. Of course, go see your family doc for preconception counseling. Also start prenatal vitamin w/lots of Folic Acid to minimize risk for spinal tube defect. Congratulations & good luck! don't forget to eat right & exercise so that you're as healthy as possible now & during pregnancy. ...Read more
Whole-milk dairy: One study found a serving a day of full-fat dairy (milk, yogurt, ice cream) may help women with ovulation problems. Take prenatal vitamins with 800 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid. 4-5 mg of Folic Acid if anti-seizure meds or a history of birth defects. Avoid excess alcohol, smoking, marijuana, drugs, and review prescription meds with your md. See a rei if not prego in 1 year, sooner if irregular. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Folic acid: Folic acid (400mcg daily) has been shown to reduce the risk of certain birth defects. One should avoid undercooked meats, esp lamb, cold cuts and fish that are high in mercury or other heavy metals - these include shark, swordfish, tile fish, king mackerel, and chilean sea bass. One should not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs. Other issues are best addressed with your caregiver. ...Read more
Search this site: There is a lot of information on this site on Trying to Conceive. Do a search and you will find a great deal of information. Get a good history, physical and PAP smear, and be sure you don't have any std's and any appropriate lab tests before you try to conceive to make sure you are in good health. If you have not conceived after one year of trying, please see a fertility specialist. ...Read more
I am trying to conceive..i have a 25 day cycle ..which cycle days are best to jave intercourse to conceive?
Earlier in cycle: Since you have a shorter cycle than the typical 28 day cycle, you likely ovulate a few days earlier in your cycle than others. So I would start trying to conceive around day 10 of your cycle, that is, the 10th day after the START of your period. This could mean just a few days after you stop bleeding. Then have intercourse daily though day 14 or 15. Good luck! ...Read more
Conception: Preconceptually, you should start a prenatal vitamin. These are sold over the counter in a variety of formulations. If you do not have regular cycles, you may need further evaluation to decide if you need other medications to aid in conceiving. Preconception counseling with an obstetrician is a great idea too so you can become familiar with any genetic risks you or your partner possess. ...Read more
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