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The desire to have children can encourage some women to make healthier lifestyle choices. They may become more conscious of the foods, beverages and drugs they put into their bodies, and may set aside time to exercise.

For women who want to optimize their fertility, taking better care of their bodies is a good first step. But what else can women do to improve their odds of having a baby?

The most important advice for a woman who wants to get pregnant is to get to know her body, specifically her menstrual cycle, said Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist, and medical director of the IVF program at Northwestern Medicine’s Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in Chicago.

Here are 12 tips that may help increase a healthy woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, assuming that neither she nor her partner have a known fertility problem.

A woman who wants to have a baby should monitor whether the first days of her period tends to come the same number of days apart every month, which is considered being regular. Conversely, her periods may be irregular, meaning her cycle lengths vary from month to month. By tracking this information on a calendar, a woman can better predict when she might be ovulating, the time when her ovaries will release an egg every month.

A woman’s egg is fertile for only 12 to 24 hours after its release, according to the March of Dimes. However, a man’s sperm can survive in a woman’s body for about six days, notes Planned Parenthood.

Women with regular cycles generally ovulate two weeks before the arrival of their periods, Pavone said. It’s harder to predict ovulation in women with irregular cycles, but it usually occurs 12 to 16 days before the start of the woman’s next period.

There are several methods women can use to help determine their most fertile days each month.

Clues to ovulation include the basal body temperature method, in which a woman takes her temperature before she gets out of bed every day and charts this on a graph for at least three menstrual cycles. After a woman ovulates, her basal body temperature typically increases less than half a degree Fahrenheit (0.3 degrees Celsius). A woman is most fertile during the two to three days before this slight rise in body temperature.

A second method is tracking cervical mucus, which involves a woman regularly checking both the amount and appearance of mucus in her vagina. A study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that women who checked their cervical mucus consistently were 2.3 times more likely to get pregnant over a six-month period.

Just before ovulation when a woman is most fertile, the amount of mucus increases and it also becomes thinner, clearer and more slippery, said the March of Dimes. When cervical mucus becomes more slippery, it can help sperm make its way to the egg.  

 

The “fertile window” spans a six-day interval, the five days prior to ovulation and the day of it, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. These are the days each month when a woman is most fertile.

There are plenty of common misconceptions and old wives’ tales about conception. For example, there’s no evidence that the position a couple has sex in will influence their chances of having a baby, nor does a woman lying on her back for a certain amount of time after intercourse increase the odds of conceiving.

Being too heavy can reduce a woman’s odds of conceiving, but being too thin can make it even harder to have a baby.

Research has shown that a woman who is overweight (her Body Mass Index, or BMI, is greater than 35) can take twice as long to become pregnant as a woman whose BMI is considered normal. A woman who is underweight (her BMI is less than 19) might take four times as long to conceive.

Having too much body fat produces excess estrogen, which can interfere with ovulation. Losing 5 to 10 percent of body weight before a woman starts trying to get pregnant could improve her fertility.

Women who are too thin might not be getting regular periods or could stop ovulating.

Women who are attempting to conceive start taking a prenatal vitamin even before becoming pregnant. This way, a woman can find one that’s more agreeable to her system and stay on it during pregnancy.

Another possibility is taking a daily multivitamin, as long as it contains at least 400 micrograms (mcg) per day of folic acid, a B vitamin that’s important for preventing birth defects in a baby’s brain and spine.

Although there may not be a specific fertility-promoting diet, eating a variety of healthy foods can help prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy by giving her adequate stores of critical nutrients such as calcium, protein and iron. This means eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, dairy and healthy sources of fat.

Besides taking a supplement containing folic acid, a woman can also obtain this B vitamin from foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, fortified breads and cereals, beans, citrus fruits, and orange juice.   

Also, go easy on caffeine: Consuming more than 500 milligrams of caffeine a day has been linked with a decrease in fertility in women. Having 1 to 2 cups of coffee, or less than 250 mg of caffeine, per day before becoming pregnant appears to have no impact on the likelihood of conception, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Being physically active most days of the week can help a woman’s body prepare for the demands of pregnancy and labor. But getting too much exercise or doing frequent strenuous workouts could interfere with ovulation

Doctors see a lot of menstrual disturbances in women who exercise heavily, and a lot of times these women need to cut back on their workouts if they want to become pregnant, Pavone told Live Science.

As women get older, their fertility decreases because of age-related changes in the ovaries that cause a decline in the quantity and quality of their eggs.

There’s a gradual fertility decline in women beginning in their 30s, a sharper decline after age 37 and a steep decline after age 40, Pavone said. These declines mean it may takes longer to become pregnant.

9.   Kick the smoking habit

Smoking can lead to fertility problems in both women and men. Chemicals found in cigarette smoke, such as nicotine and carbon monoxide, speed up the loss rate of awoman’s eggs, said the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

It’s also a good idea for women to stay away from secondhand smoke, which may affect their chances of becoming pregnant. Marijuana and other recreational drug use should also be avoided while trying to conceive.  

It’s safest to avoid alcohol when a woman is hoping to become pregnant. Drinking alcohol at moderate (one to two drinks per day) or heavy levels (more than two drinks per day) can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Once a woman becomes pregnant, there’s no safe amount of alcohol that she can consume, Pavone said.

Frequent exposure to lawn and farm pesticides, pollutants, or chemical solvents used at work can harm a woman’s fertility. She can take steps to minimize these exposures by protecting her face with a mask or wearing protective gloves, glasses and clothing around potentially toxic materials, recommends the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Stress management is also important. Trying to get pregnant is stressful enough for many couples. Although the exact role of stress in a woman’s chances of conceiving is unclear, it makes sense for women to develop good coping strategies to help manage stress at home and at work. Find ways to relax both body and mind, whether by exercising, taking deep breaths, listening to music or otherwise.

A woman and man should consider having an infertility evaluation if the woman is 35 or older and has not become pregnant after six months of having sex regularly without using birth control. A 2012 study published in the journal PLOS One also concluded that for women over the age of 35, it may be appropriate to start investigation and treatment more quickly than for younger women.

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This was a post we took from the website templeobike.com. A young inspirational writer, businessman and counselor who has constantly changed lives through his mind-set re-programming mantra. We hope this helps someone out there today looking to begin a journey into the online money-making world.
I have been inundated with this question of “How Do You Make Money Online”. So i decided to create a mini blog post around this for someone out there who might need this or might need it for their ward or sibling who just left school.
One thing we cannot overestimate is the fact that the internet is here to stay. Not only is it here to stay, it’s providing sustenance to millions all over the world. I’m a beneficiary of one of these opportunities. Are you fully employed, a stay-at-home mom, a job-seeker or anything else? My advice for you is simply this. You too can do this.

When i counsel my clients, one thing i always say is this.

“If money is what you currently lack, then you can still become a billionaire tomorrow with the right application of information BUT if personal drive is what you lack, you could loose everything you have today”. Let me teach you how to crack this online world.

Become a Youtube Vlogger

With the YouTube app on your hands, literally everything is possible. I’ve seen people who accidentally stumbled on a $100,000 per month opportunity by making funny faces on a day where they were testing out the livestream feature on the YouTube app. The first step is simply to figure out is how to get at least 1,000 people to like your channel and also get 4,000 viewing hours on your content. Your second step is then setting up a google adsense account which will enable you get paid for every content view recorded on your youtube channel. This isn’t as difficult as it seem’s. Ask a digital marketer to show you how. Click here if you need one. You can also decide to create a news blog or a news site where you can create content and then sell advert space when your traffic starts coming in.

Write a Book and Sell It Online

Have you heard of Okadabooks, these guys have de-mystified the publishing process. They are an online website that pays you for your books and shorts. They literally pay you for anything that is eye-ball worthy.

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Register As an Agent & List On Property Websites

You drive by skeletal structures daily and i’m sure you might have wondered “They say there’s no money, yet these people are building houses?”. That’s the first step. If you have wondered about this, no issues, you are on the right path. Simply take a picture of this house, seek out who the property owner/facility/project manager is and ask them what manner of use they intend to put the house to. (Be ready to meet with little resistance at the onset). However, once the property is ready and you know the manner of use the owner intends to put it to, simply take a second picture and list a before and after image on property websites such as Tolet, Jumia House & Private Property. After this, register as an agent and you could be closing that first major deal. You could get trained on this to get more skills on TrainAfrika where online classes are held by professional housing agents.

Get Creative and Sell Online

If you know how to design anything at all, Trust me someone out there would appreciate your art-form. It’s time to create and sell. Platforms like Printivo are giving you an opportunity that could have you earning revenue by uploading and selling designs to customers. You earn 15% of the value of the design sold to Printivo.

Leverage on the Reach of E-commerce Websites

Selling items, products and services online is another great way to make legitimate money online. Upload your product on any of the following sites as a Merchant and have people buy from you. Brand Market, Jumia, Konga. Across these websites, your product reach increases and you stand a higher chance of seeing people interested in buying from you.

Put Your Social Media Handles to Better Use

You are always on there anyways so you might just need to make money while you are at it. If you have a decent to sizeable following on SM, a blog, website etc, it’s an opportunity to start promoting products for companies who are willing to pay you for selling their services or product. You can even apply to affiliate programs of some notable brands in Nigeria such as Konga and Jumia Affiliate Program OR simply use your blog Or news site to show adverts for BrandEnvoy Africa. This site has used them for over 2 years and earn at least USD300 monthly from letting them show ads on our homepage.

Writer/Social Media/Graphic Designer/Speaker?

Do you have any of these skills? then you have no business complaining about money. You should be making money. Simply search for websites that allow freelancers register and you could have your services required in exchange for cash.

Teach People Online and Expand from There

Many people are caught up trying to make money from their products but not realizing they could be making a whole lot more teaching people who want to learn how to get to where they are. Teach others what you know and you could be on a whole new revenue generation path. Engage in one-on-one tutoring sessions or host webinars to teach people. Websites like TrainAfrika allows users to monetize their knowledge by creating online learning materials for other in need of a specific knowledge.

Spare time for Online Questionnaires/Surveys?

This might not be a great way to make money online for many people but helping research companies fill forms and answer questionnaires has been and is still generating revenue for people online. It’s only a few minutes work but it puts some little and quick change in your pocket. Do not overlook this. It works. I have used this means as a buffer when things were tough for me while starting out on my entrepreneurial journey.

Finally

You have seen the opportunities that abound. Nothing good comes easy so this will take some hard work from your side but do NOT give up. If you would want to get more insights into any of these online money making options, simply send me an email on etobike@brandenvoy.mobi and i could help you get on your way to a better financial future.

 


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With a large population of over 160 Million, Nigeria is regarded as the “Giant of Africa.” Ranking 20th among the world’s largest economies in 2015. Those Nigerians who are working in the US are also actively contributing to make their country’s economy grow. If you are one of them, sending money remittance to Nigeria may be one of your biggest concerns. Learn how you can use Zenith Bank International for this process.

About Zenith Bank International

Zenith Bank International is one of the top banks based in Nigeria. Tapping on their committed employees and new technology adoption, this bank which was established in 1990 has continued to dominate the banking industry in Nigeria. To prove its worth as one of the most trusted banks in Nigeria, it endeavors to provide the best banking products and services to individuals, small businesses and corporations alike.

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Sharemoney and Our Services to Nigeria

Sharemoney has always worked hard on our core commitment to deliver a stellar online money transfer experience to our customers. We have started facilitating money transfers from the United States to Nigeria and below are some of the perks you can enjoy:

  • A small transfer fee that starts at only $3.99
  • Competitive exchange rates. In fact, even better than what other online money transfer service providers can offer when it comes to converting US Dollar to the Nigerian Naira
  • More convenient ways to start your money transaction and every fund transfer thereafter. All you need is to register an account with us by filling up our online form.

Funding Your Money Transfer to Nigeria

In order to facilitate your bank deposits to Nigeria when using Sharemoney, we offer you the choice to use any of the following three funding options most convenient to your needs:

  • Bank account. You can simply key in your US bank account number if you choose to use this funding option upon registration with our website. We will verify your bank account and depending on the time of the day and the day of the week when you initiate the transfer, your loved ones will receive the amount very soon after verification.
  • Debit card. If you want to get rid of the longer verification process for funding a transaction with your bank account and that of the additional fee charged by your credit card company if you choose to use your credit card, using your debit card is highly recommended.
  • Credit card. This method of funding your transaction is the last option you have if you do not have a bank account or a debit card. Note that there will be an additional cost charged by your credit card issuer because this is deemed like a cash advance transaction.

Let your loved ones reap the fruits of your labor at a low cost and at a speedy pace by using Sharemoney for your money remittance to Zenith Bank International in Nigeria!

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