If you are trying for twins pregnancy in Melbourne and it isn’t happening as quickly as you had hoped, it can be frustrating. You may find yourself wondering if there is something wrong with you or your partner. While many couples do have difficulties conceiving, the good news is that most of the time, a solution can be found.
Most problems that cause infertility can be diagnosed by doing a few simple tests. Sometimes, more extensive testing may be recommended for either you or your partner in order to find out what is causing the problem. Unfortunately, some couples will not know why they are having trouble conceiving, but in about half of those cases, pregnancy is still possible with treatment.
Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when trying to conceive and how to avoid them:
- Not knowing when you ovulate
Having sex at the wrong time during your cycle, or not having sex frequently enough, will limit your chance of getting pregnant. Sperm can live up to 5 days in the female reproductive tract, so if you have sex several days before ovulation, the sperm may still be there when the egg is released.
- Not getting prenatal care early enough
Once you find out you are pregnant, call your doctor. Your doctor will schedule regular visits to make sure you and your baby are healthy. Also, tell your doctor about any medicines you take and ask if they could hurt your baby.
- Not having enough sex
If you’re trying to conceive, you need to be having regular sex — ideally every day or every other day. You can take the guesswork out of it by tracking your ovulation. Once you know when you ovulate, have sex every day or every other day on either side of the date your body is releasing an egg. When the egg meets up with a sperm, it only has about 24 hours to fertilize before it disintegrates.
- Drinking too much caffeine
Studies have shown that women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day not only take longer to conceive but are more likely to miscarry. The effect is probably due to caffeine’s interference with iron absorption. Stick with one cup a day and make sure you’re getting enough iron in your diet.
- Smoking cigarettes or visiting secondhand smoke
Even being around secondhand smoke can cause problems for women who are trying to conceive. It can affect their ability to get pregnant and harm their babies once they do get pregnant. If you’re struggling with infertility, quit smoking and avoid being around people who do smoke.
- Skipping pre-pregnancy care
Many experts believe that it is important to plan for pregnancy before conception. This is because you need a healthy body to support a healthy baby. If you prefer not to see a doctor for preconception care, you should at least visit your dentist for a dental exam and cleaning. Dental problems such as periodontal (gum) disease may increase your risk of miscarriage.
- Stop taking prenatal vitamins
Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid, which helps prevent birth defects in the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects. These include spina bifida and anencephaly. Take a prenatal vitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid at least one month before trying to conceive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You do not need a prescription for prenatal vitamins, but you can only buy them over the counter in some countries.