and how to make it happen So complex are the biological mechanisms through which pregnancy takes place that conception really is a miracle of life.
Although most of us take fertility for granted, for any given couple planning to have a baby there is a certain level of hormonal, anatomical and physiological health required in order for it to happen. With the stresses and strains imposed on our bodies by today's hectic and often unhealthy lifestyles it is little wonder that one quarter of all couples wanting to start a family have trouble conceiving. ADVERTISEMENT CONTINUE READING BELOW Thankfully there are many positive steps any couple can take themselves, without medical interference, to significantly boost their chances of conceiving. How does conception occur?Conception, the beginning of life, takes place when one sperm cell from the male partner joins together with (or fertilizes) one ovum (egg cell) from the female partner to form an embryo. This usually occurs in one of the woman's Fallopian tubes. The embryo is then transported further down the tube to the uterus (or womb) where it settles into the wall in a process called implantation. This is the start of a pregnancy. It may sound simple and straightforward but the process demands fine and delicate biological tuning. An ovum needs to be regularly released each month from the ovary, a process that can only proceed if a complicated cascade of hormonal events takes place without interference. This egg then needs to find oakley store be able to move freely along an unblocked Fallopian tube where it can be fertilized by a sperm and then reach the womb. The sperm have to be healthy, motile and numerous, although only one will ultimately penetrate the egg and form an embryo with it. Then the lining of the womb must also be receptive to this embryo so that it can embed itself within it and begin to produce the hormones necessary to maintain the pregnancy thereafter. Any one of these sensitive but essential components of fertility can easily be upset by a number of unfavourable factors. Many, however, are within your control. Before you start There's little oakley glasses on sale point taking pains to ensure you conceive if the conditions required to produce a healthy baby once you do succeed have not first been met. So begin with a bit of 'pre conceptual care' at least three months before trying for a baby. You need to plan ahead because by far the most vulnerable time for the baby is in the very first days and weeks of its life and only measures taken in advance of the pregnancy will offer the necessary degree of protection. Take extra folic acid routinelyA daily dose of 400mcg of folic acid significantly reduces the risk of problems known as neural tube defects such as spina bifida. A higher dose 5 mg should be taken in certain circumstances, such as if a previous baby has been born with spina bifida or any related condition, if either parent has a neural tube defect or if the mother has diabetes. ADVERTISEMENT CONTINUE READING BELOW The folic acid supplement needs to be taken as soon as you start to try to conceive, through to at least the first 12 weeks of pregnancy while the baby spine is developing. Check your rubella immunityMost women of child bearing age in the UK have been immunised against German measles (rubella) as part of the infant immunisation programme oakley a wire sunglasses or while at school, but some will have missed out and in a very few the vaccination fails to work. A rubella oakley ducati sunglasses infection during the first four months of pregnancy can seriously affect your developing baby's sight and hearing as well as causing brain and heart defects. So any woman who is unsure of her immunity is best advised to have a blood test to find out and then, if required, a vaccination to protect against the infection at least three months prior to conceiving. Other checks Any concerns you might have as a couple planning a family are often best addressed before pregnancy begins. This means that any environmental or lifestyle hazards, any inherited conditions or any worries about prescription medicines, previous sexually transmitted diseases or AIDS can be put into perspective. How to boost fertility naturally It takes the average couple between one year and 18 months of normal 'trying' to conceive. However, for those who are impatient or anxious when pregnancy does not happen immediately, and for all those who postpone seeking medical help after that duration of time, there are certainly a number of things to consider to help boost fertility naturally. Your age While late motherhood has much to recommend it, the older you get the less fertile you become it's as simple as that.
This goes for men as well as women. For women, this is mainly because all the eggs ever released from her ovaries have been there since she was born. With increasing age there is a progressive reduction in the quantity and quality of those eggs and this affects fertility, which significantly begins to fall after the age of 35.
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