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Getting Pregnant Tips April 20, 2017

Foods to Avoid When Trying to Conceive

Foods to Avoid When Trying to Conceive

Nutrition and fertility articles are full of suggestions for foods that may help you to stay healthy and fertile when trying to conceive. But it’s important to know which foods to avoid, too. Watch out for these x foods.

High-mercury fish

Fish can be a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, but certain kinds are high in mercury, which can build up in your body and be harmful to your baby. Avoid swordfish, shark, and mackerel.


No one’s saying you can’t enjoy a glass of wine or a beer while trying to conceive (and it may help you relax from the stress), but avoid drinking to excess. Binge drinking can lead to irregular menstrual cycles and hormonal imbalances.


Apply the same rule of moderation to caffeine: one or two cups of coffee or tea ( around 200 milligrams of caffeine) a day is perfectly fine, but more than that can impair your fertility.  eavy caffeine consumption has been associated with fertility problems.

Certain dairy products

Certain dairy products may contain a kind of bacteria called listeria, which is linked with a higher risk of miscarriage. To prevent this risk, avoid soft cheeses like goat’s cheese and brie, blue-veined cheeses like Stilton, and pate. Listeria can also be present in deli and smoked meats, so it’s a good rule to avoid those as well.


High consumption of soy has been linked to lower fertility. You don’t have to cut out the occasional serving of edamame or soy milk in your coffee, but keep soy levels down. This may be tricky for vegetarians who love tofu and other soy products. Try looking for other veggie sources of protein, like beans.

Raw meat, fish, unpasteurized cheeses and eggs

Put down the raw cookie dough! Raw meat and eggs exposes you to a risk of salmonella, listeria, or other food-borne bacteria, which in turn increases your risk of miscarriage.

Getting Pregnant Tips April 6, 2017

Smoking and Trying to Conceive

Smoking and Trying to Conceive

Most couples know that smoking while pregnant can lead to pregnancy complications, birth defects, and increased risk of miscarriage. For these reasons, most women who smoke plan to quit when they become pregnant. However, smoking while trying to conceive can also have disastrous effects on both male and female fertility and increase a couple’s time to conception.

Smoking and female fertility

A group of studies has found that female smokers are 60% more likely than nonsmokers to be infertile. They are also 42% more likely to have conception take more than a year. This is because smoking accelerates ovarian death, which means depleting your supply of eggs and leaving your existing eggs more fragile. Female smokers generally go through menopause 1-4 years earlier than nonsmokers for this reason.

Smoking and male fertility

Smoking also affects sperm at the most basic level: sperm’s DNA. Chemicals from smoking circulate through your body and can bind with the sperm’s DNA, decreasing sperm motility. Smoking has also been linked to lower sperm counts and erectile dysfunction. All of these make fertilization and conception more difficult.

Quitting and its benefits for fertility

The good news is that quitting can help your chances of conceiving quite quickly. Your natural fertility is likely to improve within two months of quitting, and the negative effects may be reversed within a year. For women, quitting smoking before conceiving also ensures a healthier pregnancy. It’s important to note that second-hand smoke has similar negative effects on fertility. So if both members of a couple smoke, it’s important for both of them to quit. And if you live in a household with other smokers, you may want to consider moving or make arrangements to minimize exposure to second-hand smoke.

Getting Pregnant Tips February 28, 2017

Getting Enough Sleep When You’re Trying to Conceive

Getting Enough Sleep When You’re Trying to Conceive

Who doesn’t love a good nap? The good news is, if you’re trying to conceive, you now have a good excuse to take a few naps, and, more generally, get plenty of sleep. Your body needs lots of rest to be at its healthy best and to keep hormone levels balanced. If you’re trying to get pregnant, getting enough sleep becomes particularly important.

Sleep is linked to your hormones and ovulation cycle

Sleep doesn’t just make you feel rested; it’s connected to many parts of your body, including your hormones. One particularly important hormone linked to sleep is leptin, a hormone that helps to regulate ovulation. Women who don’t get enough sleep have lower leptin levels, which can lead to an irregular menstrual cycle.

Sleep helps to reduce stress

You probably already know that stress can affect your fertility. More specifically, stress leads to higher levels of the hormones cortisol and adrenocortocotropic, which interfere with a normal fertility cycle. When you’re trying to conceive, it’s important that you take steps to reduce anxiety and stress. Getting enough sleep is paramount to keeping stress levels down. And if you’re having a stressful day, you can use an afternoon nap to help you relax!

Napping in moderation

Napping can be a great way to give your body some extra rest and relax, but the most important thing your body needs to be rested is a regular sleep schedule. To accomplish this, you should aim to sleep for between 7 and 9 hours every night, and try to go to bed and wake up at about the same time every day. Also you can install the best ladder shelf, so you can keep there some book or aromatic sticks, that also will help you to fall asleep. This puts your body in synch with its circadian rhythm, a natural response your body has to the patterns of day and night. If you take long naps and then don’t feel sleepy at night, you may be throwing off your circadian rhythm. To avoid this, keep your naps under 45 minutes as a general rule.

Getting Pregnant Tips September 8, 2016

What You Need to Know about Ovulation When Trying to Conceive

When trying to conceive, your first step to success should be to get in sync with your ovulation cycle. Understanding how ovulation works will help you plan your path to pregnancy and conceive sooner. We’ve prepared some important facts about ovulation to help you on your way sooner.

How does ovulation work?

Each month, your ovaries release a single egg. The process starts with the production of estrogen and other hormones, which stimulate your ovaries’ follicles and get your body ready for ovulation. At the peak of your cycle, usually 12-18 days after your period finishes, your ovaries release an egg. The egg descends through the fallopian tubes and settles in your uterus. It will stay there for about 12-24 hours, which is your window for fertilization. If the egg isn’t fertilized in that period, your uterus will shed its lining, along with the egg.

When can I get pregnant?

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when your body is ovulating, so you usually won’t be able to pick a specific day for conception. Keep in mind that you’ll usually be ovulating 12-18 days after the end of your period. If you have a very regular menstrual cycle, it will be easier to predict when you’re ovulating. Sperm can survive inside the body for up to 7 days, so women are the most fertile in the week leading up to ovulation. For the best chance of conception, you should have sex regularly starting around the 10th or 11th day of your cycle and continuing through the 18th. It’s possible, but less likely, to get pregnant outside of this window.

Are there ways to tell when I’m ovulating?

The most tried-and-true method of figuring out whether you’re ovulating is by checking your body temperature. Your temperature increases slightly (usually by just 0.5-1 degrees) when you have just ovulated. To use this method, you’ll need to start tracking your temperature over time. Make sure that you measure it at the same time each day, ideally in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Gradually, you’ll be able to see your body’s pattern and more accurately predict when you’ll be ovulating. You can also try an ovulation predictor kit, which measures hormones in your urine to predict when ovulation is about to start. These tools can be a big help in determining when is the best time to conceive.


Use our ovulation calculator to find out the best time to get pregnant. Understanding when you are ovulating (your fertility period) will significantly increase your chances of conception. Read more.

Getting Pregnant Tips July 14, 2016

What to Eat When Trying to Conceive

If you’re trying to conceive, you’ve probably read a lot about what you can and can’t eat once you’re pregnant. But what about before you’re pregnant? Eating the right foods (and avoiding the wrong ones) can help to boost your fertility and keep your body healthy so that it’s ready for a baby.

General Guidelines

The first guideline is to work on your general health. Being extremely overweight or underweight can make your periods irregular and therefore make it harder to conceive. If you struggle with your weight, it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor about a diet and exercise plan to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Other good pre-conception foods are the foods that are healthy for everyone. As much as possible, cut out junk food and processed foods such as candy, chips, and fast food. Instead, focus on lots of fruits and veggies, complex carbohydrates, and lean proteins. These will not only make sure your body has all the nutrients it needs; they prevent excess insulin from disrupting your body’s hormone balance, which is essential for reproduction. You should also make sure you’re getting all the vitamins you need, which is usually easy to do by taking a prenatal vitamin.


Calcium is an essential nutrient for keeping your reproductive system healthy and for strengthening both your bones and the bones of your baby when you do conceive. You should aim to eat about two servings of dairy, such as milk, cheese, and yoghurt, a day. When you need a treat, reach for an ice cream cone! These should be whole milk, rather than skim or 2%, products. Full fat milk can help to protect you from ovulatory infertility, while skim milk may actually hinder ovulation. If you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, you can find calcium in many soy and tofu products.


Iron is very important to a regular menstrual cycle, which will help you to conceive. You can get enough iron by eating beef and other red meats, oatmeal, and leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens. Leafy greens will also provide you with folic acid, which is essential for preventing birth defects.


Protein is important for a healthy body (and therefore a baby-friendly body!), but not all proteins are created equal. Some studies have found that plant-based proteins are better for fertility than animal proteins. So load up on the beans, lentils, and quinoa. When you do opt for meat, choose lean options such as chicken, eggs, and lean cuts of beef and pork. And what about fish? Oily fish such as salmon and tuna provide powerful omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for a soon-to-be mom and growing baby. They also facilitate the flow of blood to the uterus. Just make sure that you avoid high-mercury fish such as swordfish, mackerel, and shark. Mercury can remain in your body for over a year, so it’s important to reduce your exposure to it as soon as you’re trying to conceive. If you’re not a fish fan, you can always opt for a fish oil supplement instead.

Getting Pregnant Tips, World News March 26, 2014

Tamworth mum’s advice to any woman trying to conceive

A TAMWORTH woman who feared she would never have children because of a medical condition has come forward to tell her ‘story with a happy ending’, in a bid to give hope to other women.

Amanda and Mark Taylor are proud parents to five-month-old Lucas following IVF treatment.

Amanda (38) spent years suffering the painful and debilitating condition of endometriosis, before the birth of Lucas in October, following IVF treatment at Midland Fertility in Aldridge.

She told the Herald: “I’d like to say to other women suffering with endometriosis, don’t suffer in silence, speak to your GP to ensure you are getting the best advice possible for living with this illness, especially if you want to have a family at some point – it may be essential to act sooner rather than later.

“For those with endometriosis and currently trying to conceive, I would say don’t give up hope and if it’s not happening naturally then speak to your GP about your options before it’s too late.”

Endometriosis affects over 1.5 million women in the UK.

The condition means that cells like the ones that line the uterus grow elsewhere in the body.

These cells respond to a monthly cycle and cause pain, inflammation and scar tissue and make conception very difficult.

Amanda was referred for fertility treatment in March 2012 after trying to conceive for six years and following a history of recurring endometrial cysts, for which she had undergone numerous surgical procedures including a partial removal of her left ovary and the complete removal of one of her fallopian tubes.

After a failed first cycle of treatment Amanda underwent further surgery to remove yet more endometriotic cysts.

Following her recovery Amanda and Mark began a second treatment cycle in November 2012 which resulted in the positive pregnancy test that had eluded them so far.

Amanda said: “It had been such a long journey. I never thought I would ever be lucky enough to have a family. Since Lucas has arrived I feel blessed every day.”

“Endometriosis manifests itself in a variety of ways so diagnosis can be difficult and often delayed,” said Dr Abey Eapen, clinical lead at Midland Fertility.

“Recent research shows that there is now an average of seven and a half years between a woman first seeing a GP about her symptoms and receiving a firm diagnosis.

“Early recognition of the symptoms is vital so women can get a referral for fertility treatment if necessary.

“And there’s good evidence that pregnancy following IVF can ‘cure’ endometriosis so that the woman can conceive naturally again in the future.

“We’re delighted for Amanda and Mark about the birth of Lucas and are sure that her story will bring hope to other women who are living with endometriosis.”

If you are trying to get pregnant, using Conceive Plus fertility lubricant can help increase the chances, naturally. Use in place of your regular lube, Conceive Plus is a gentle lubricant that actually helps the process of conception. Find where to buy here

Company News, Getting Pregnant Tips, In the Media, Social Media, Success Stories October 19, 2010

Trying to conceive couples throughout the UK can now increase their chances thanks to Conceive Plus and Boots!

Brussels, October 19, 2010 Boots the leaders in pharmacy and health in the United Kingdom have extended the number of pharmacies that stock fertility product Sasmar Conceive Plus™ from 350 to 1400 within the United Kingdom. Thousands more couples who are trying to have a child are now able to purchase the scientifically formulated product that naturally supports fertility and the process of fertilization in the majority of Boots stores located in England, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man and Scotland.

“Conceive Plus™ has been an outstanding success in the UK and around the worlds and we are delighted that Boots have chosen to stock it in another 1000 stores across the country!” Says John-Michael Mancini, CEO of the manufacturer, SASMAR Consumer Healthcare.

The Conceive Plus™ fertility product was up until a few months ago only available in very selected pharmacies within the UK but the distribution was quickly aligned with consumer demand for the brand through the help of pharmaceutical wholesalers such as Alliance who now also stock the product for easy ordering by smaller chemist chains an independent pharmacies. While Conceive Plus™ is now widely available online the manufacturer’s preference is for the product to be sold in the retail environment where consumers can receive the personal service from their pharmacists and pharmacy staff. A list of pharmacies and retailers that sell Conceive Plus™ is available at www.conceiveplus.com

About Conceive Plus™

Developed in conjunction with experts from respected university hospitals in the USA, Sasmar Conceive Plus™ is a scientifically formulated sperm friendly lubricant designed to support fertility naturally. Sasmar Conceive Plus™ is pH and electrolyte balanced to imitate the body’s own natural fluids and is the only personal lubricant that includes Calcium and Magnesium ions which are essential for cell viability and the process of fertilization.

Independent pharmacies in the UK can now also stock Conceive Plus™ from Alliance using product code: 351-7018.


Independent pharmacies in Australia can now also stock Conceive Plus™ from Sigma using product code: 849794 or API 329614.

Independent pharmacies in Germany, Switzerland and Australia can now also stock Conceive Plus™ using PZN:5880796

More information and a list of places to buy internationally is available at www.conceiveplus.com

Success Stories December 7, 2017

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