These days it would seem almost the “norm” for women to leave it later and later to settle down, get married and start a family, something that would have been relatively unheard just a few years back. According to latest statistics, women are now leaving it until they are in their 30’s and even their 40’s before they start having kids, something that our Grandmothers would be both shocked and horrified by!
Of course, with the later family-starting, there comes a number of issues with more and more women researching the topic “how to conceive”.
It is a very well-known fact that once you get to 30+, it becomes increasingly harder for any woman to conceive naturally so by leaving it until this late point in their lives, they are running the risk of not being able to have children naturally.
It has been said that out of all pregnancies, one out of four of them will not carry on to full term, meaning miscarriage is likely to occur. It has also been reported that out of every six couples trying to have a baby, one of those will have serious issues with trying to conceive.
As if that wasn’t enough ladies, there is another terrifying statistic that you will have to deal with when you put off starting a family – when you are at your prime, you will have a 25% chance of conceiving with each month. When you get to your mid-thirties, this dramatically decreases to the point where, when you get to 40 years old, you will only have a 5% chance, in some cases, even lower than this.
Increase your chances to get pregnant!
Of course, as with any scary sounding statistics such as these, there are the people that prove them wrong. Just look at the high number of celeb mothers that are popping kids out, right up to their late 40’s and in some cases, even later still!
There are a few things that have been said to increase your chances of getting pregnant:
- Fertility vitamins
- A link between fertility and exercise
- Eating specific food while trying to get pregnant
Of course, with any struggle that us ladies face in life, there are a hundred and one old wives tales to “remedy” them, however, some of the types of food to increase fertility are actually said to work, shown in scientific studies.
A look at the link between vitamins and fertility
There are a number of fertility vitamins that have been reported to work but the top one on the list is obviously folic acid. There have been studies that have shown, (while undergoing IVF) that 60% of women that took a vitamin that contained folic acid fell pregnant, compared to 25% of women that didn’t. If that doesn’t raise your hopes, we don’t know what will!
There are a number of other vitamins and minerals that you should be looking at when trying to conceive:
- Zinc – said to increase the fertility levels in both males and females.
- Selenium – certain free radicals can damage the fertility of both men and women and this important mineral can help to keep those free radicals under control.
- Fatty acids – there are a number of fatty acids that you should be having in your diet to be healthy, but when it comes to fertility and vitamins, this can help the guy produce more of the “love juice” while at the same time, creating nice and healthy balances of hormones within the female body.
- Vitamin E – the way that your ovaries work gets worse with age, this is a known fact, but with the Vitamin E, you can slow down the internal aging process which means older ladies will have a better chance of conceiving naturally.
- Vitamin C – this helps to give the guys a little helping hand while at the same time, boosting ovulation in women.