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Top 5 tips to help you conceive

Sex and relationships expert Trina Read gives her top 5 tips to help you conceive.

1. Know your menstrual cycle.

Being in tune with your body is the most effective way to understand your fertility cycle. There are many signs of ovulation, such as your cervical mucus becomes thin and slippery when you are most fertile. As many women don’t have a regular 28-day cycle, ovulation kits can help predict the best time to get pregnant.

2. Keep horizontal.

There is no scientific evidence saying one position is better than another when it comes to maximizing conception. However, certain gravity-defying positions such as sitting or standing during intercourse can discourage sperm from traveling upstream.

3. Relax after intercourse.

Although it’s not necessary to lie in bed with your feet in the air, it is a good idea to lay in bed for ten to 15 minutes after intercourse. (Don’t go the bathroom during this time either.) By waiting ten to 15 minutes, the sperm will have enough time to get into the cervix.

4. Don’t overdo sex.

As sperm can live up to 72 hours after intercourse, having sex every day during ovulation will not necessarily increase your chances of getting pregnant, but can lead to sex feeling like a chore. Generally, every other day around ovulation.

5. Happy sperm.

Make sure your man isn’t wearing tight-fitting clothing or spending time in hot tubs as it can negatively affect sperm count. Watch his cell phone habits: one study showed men who keep their phones close to their testicles had poorer sperm quality.

Best conception tip:

Being stressed interferes with ovulation, makes it difficult to want sex and makes you unhappy. Some evidence suggests acupuncture can help reduce stress and increase chances of pregnancy.

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Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

A
Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.

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Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

A
Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.