Do you dream of having children? The experts tell you
how often you should have sex, how you should eat and
what mineral and vitamin supplements you should take.
Do you and your partner want to have children, but try
and try without success, while you feel that everyone
around you is getting pregnant? In fact, only one in
four couples manage to get pregnant the first month they
try, according to Norwegian Health Informatics.
Fortunately, there is good advice for increasing the
chance of pregnancy.
- The best and easiest advice to get pregnant is to
have sex 2-3 days before the expected ovulation. The
sperm can survive in the woman's uterus for up to 72
hours. Thus, the sperm are ready to fertilize the egg
during ovulation, explains Thorbjørn Brook Steen.
The experienced obstetrician, who usually works at
the hospital in Ullevål, has just published the book
N ytt liv. Everything about pregnancy, birth and
maternity. He recommends couples who want children
to have sex regularly - and kill the myth that they
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It is optimal to have six every other day. Then
you get an optimal charge every other day and dot the
days before, during and after ovulation. You do not
increase the chance of getting pregnant by having sex
3-4 times a day. THORBJØRN BROOK STEEN
The chance to get pregnant
If you want to get pregnant, experts say it may take
a year from you to start trying. Around 60 per cent
manage to become pregnant within three months and as
much as 80 per cent within one year. Within two years,
90-95 percent manage to become pregnant.
Good times expert and midwife Karin Johansson at
advise couples who want children to take it easy. At the
same time, she denies that there are a couple of
intercourse positions or times of day that help increase
one's chances of becoming pregnant.
-There is no research to say that certain intercourse
positions are more effective than others. The most
important thing is to have sex in positions you like and
get one to enjoy sex as much as possible. Because orgasm
increases blood circulation to the uterus, which in turn
increases the chance of becoming pregnant, says
- Even when it comes to timing, the best tip is to
have sex when the desire is on. For some it is in the
morning, for others in the evening.
The lifestyle is important
Several factors affect how likely you are to become
pregnant. Diet, body weight, sleep, stress and exercise
are important parts of a healthy lifestyle - which is
also important for conception.
- It is not proven that there are foods that increase
fertility. But you can say that in order to increase
fertility, the same health advice applies to the general
population: quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption and
keep weight. Being overweight reduces the chance of
getting pregnant. If you live a healthy life, it will
increase fertility, says obstetrician Brook Steen.
Johansson advises couples who want children to live
regularly, eat healthy and keep moving. But the advice
does not only apply to the woman in the relationship.
Increased alcohol consumption in men can also
have a negative impact. The responsibility lies with
both parties who have problems with having children, not
just with the woman. KARIN JOHANSSON
So you should eat
The midwife gives the council to increase the intake
of proteins, fruits and vegetables, as well as reduce
sugar and fast carbohydrates.
- Eat food with as little additives and salt as
possible. Reduce the intake of ready-made foods, and
focus on healthy home-cooked food, says Johansson.
She explains that high caffeine intake is also not
- It has been shown that very high caffeine intake
can have a negative impact when couples try to get
pregnant. Increased caffeine intake is also not good
early in pregnancy. If you drink 10 - 12 cups of coffee
a day, you can try to reduce it to two to three cups.
This also applies to cola and tea with a lot of caffeine
in, and applies to both women and men, she says.
The midwife advises anyone trying to get children to
take supplements with folic acid, Vitamin D and cod, or
O mega 3 supplements if you do not eat fish twice or
three times a week.
Stress and exercise
Couples trying to conceive often find that people in
the circle of friends start having children. It can feel
heavy to feel that "everyone else" gets pregnant
quickly, and you can get very stressed.
- Many couples who fail to conceive experience that
they suddenly succeed when queued for artificial
insemination or for adoption. There is no research on
this, but it may indicate that stress is important for
the chance of becoming pregnant, says Johansson.
- The midwife thinks that women who want to have
children should think about how much negative stress
they experience at work or in other lives. Exercise can
also be a stress factor, but only if you exercise too
much, explains obstetrician Brook Steen.
- It can be difficult to get pregnant for those who
train at the elite level, as hard training can disrupt
the menstrual cycle. Even those who are underweight can
get hormone disruptions, which means that you do not
have a normal cycle and ovulation, says the
"A normal level of exercise, on the other hand, is
just healthy," he points out.
There is increasing research showing that the one who
stays in shape during pregnancy does something positive
for the child's health.
Good tips for maternity:
- Number one: Stop using contraceptives.
- To get pregnant you must have intercourse while
the woman is ovulating.
- During ovulation, the egg has about 24 hours to
be fertilized by a sperm.
- Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.
- Have sex in positions you like - and when it
suits you best. Don't let sex be a stress factor!
- Good habits such as regular exercise, healthy
eating, low stress and normal weight can contribute
- Healthy couples who want to have children cannot
have too much sex. It is optimal to have six every
- Most people manage to become pregnant within a
- Seek help if you have endocrine disorders, have
tried for over a year or if you are a woman over 40