Getting pregnant is a delicate and miraculous process, and something many of us don’t fully understand. Have you found yourself confused about when you should be ‘trying’? Do you ever wonder how best to increase your chances? Does the subject feel too sensitive to broach? Well, we’ve partnered up with Proceive to share ttc tips and to help guide you on this journey of discovery. 

So, let’s start with the basics – ovulation. Ovulation is the process in which your body produces an egg. It is controlled by hormones produced by the body, and each cycle is different from the last and the next. The rhythm of the female cycle is incredibly delicate – it can be affected by so many environmental factors that can upset the balance and both stop ovulation and menstruation or prolong a period. It is often suggested that if you are taking the pill, it would be advised to stop taking it a few months before you start trying so that you can get to know your natural cycle and optimise your chances of trying on a fertile day. There are lots of apps that can help you track your periods and help estimate the day of ovulation. You can also try using the ovulation calculator on the Proceive website. Just over a third of couples will conceive in the first month of trying, while for others it can be a much longer road, with factors such as age, general health and reproductive health affecting how long it takes. Around 1 in 6 couples can experience issues with fertility.

The growing demands of a modern lifestyle are having a significant impact on our nutritional health. Stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and poor nutrition all impact the body’s ability to absorb the nutrition needed to optimise reproductive health. Many couples are also leaving it later when trying for a baby which can also have an impact on fertility.

It is also recommended to start taking folic acid a few months before you start trying, to ensure that your body has built up sufficient levels of folic acid pre-conception. All Proceive products contain the recommended 400ug of folic acid in the natural L-Methylfolate form for improved absorption. This B vitamin is an essential nutrient that supports the formation of the spine in pregnancy. 

It doesn’t stop there, as you might imagine, reproduction is an incredibly energy-intensive process, so as well as a healthy diet, good sleep and regular exercise, fertility supplements can be a great way to boost all the nutritional needs of your reproductive system. Research shows that the body needs certain nutrients in specific quantities to nudge the co-factors that are required for successful conception and pregnancy. Proceive Men is designed to meet the nutritional demands of the male reproductive system, so don’t forget to include your partner in the preparation process. 

Proceive have their own range of supplements that can be taken in advance of trying to get pregnant and throughout pregnancy. The female egg takes around 90 days to mature before ovulation, so it is important to be adopting the lifestyle changes you want to make for conception before you actually start trying. For men, new sperm is created every 74 days (approx.), so once again, this means positive switches to diet and lifestyle should be made sooner rather than later, as they can improve sperm quality and quantity in as little as 3 months.

While we might not have busted every fertility myth you’ve ever heard – hopefully you feel a little clearer on how best to prepare yourself for trying to get pregnant. You should try to make sure you’re in tune with your body and cycle, so you know exactly which days are ideal for fertilising that egg. It is also advised that you make some healthy lifestyle changes in advance of trying, so that both you and your are in your best health when trying for a baby. Finally, taking a fertility supplement, like Proceive, will give you the added peace of mind that all your vitamin and nutrient bases are covered.

Proceive Conception is a specially formulated range of fertility & preconception nutritional supplements for men and women. Proceive has been developed by fertility experts using ingredients with clinical science supporting its impact on fertility parameters.

Proceive recently launched their Pregnancy Range which are tailored nutritional supplements for women who want to ensure they are giving themselves and their baby the best nutritional support throughout pregnancy. The range is uniquely formulated to support the nutritional needs of both mum and baby during each trimester. 

The range also includes a high strength Omega 3 product with perfectly balanced levels of EPA and DHA, vital to ensuring DHA can be effectively delivered to the baby via the placenta. The Omega 3 is the perfect complement to the Proceive range.

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