Disclosure: This post is in partnership with First Response. As always, opinions are all mine.
A lot of people don’t realize that every conception journey is different, just like every pregnancy is different. Sometimes it may take couples one try and sometimes it may take couples months to successfully conceive. Many people also don’t realize that, not only should you be eating right and exercising regularly, you should also be taking a prenatal vitamin long before you decided to start trying for a baby.
It’s important to start taking a prenatal vitamin at least three months before starting to conceive. It’s also important to choose the right vitamin for you. Did you know iron is linked to morning sickness? Well, luckily for us First Response new Prenatal Vitamins don’t contain iron, and they taste delicious.
First Response prenatal vitamins contain 400mcg Folic Acid to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects (you take 2 per day). They are specially designed for women who are trying to conceive, pregnant or nursing.
I know with myself I had a rough time trying to take prenatal vitamins during pregnancy. I always found them to be too big, and just taste awful. The First Response prenatal vitamins are gummy, so they don’t feel like you are trying to swallow horse pills. They also taste rather good with a Naturally-sourced Lemon-Orange flavour.
First Response Prenatal Multivitamin Gummies contain 400mcg Folic Acid to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects. Taken twice daily, they are specially designed for women who are trying to conceive, pregnant or nursing, to ensure they get the nutrients they need for themselves and baby
Another common misconception is that women can get pregnant as soon as she starts trying but this isn’t the case. It can sometimes take a woman months to conceive, even if she’s of an optimal age and healthy. To help women along with their pregnancy Journey, First Response makes Digital Ovulation Test Kits to help you better track your cycle and identify the optimal time for you to conceive. I have used these multiple times in the past, and they’ve always helped me pinpoint my two most fertile days of the month. Along with all my other tracking, I’ve used them with three of my pregnancies! I wish I knew about these ovulation kits prior – I’d have used them for all of my pregnancies.
I recently attended an event with First Response where sat in on an educational discussion from Dr. Sony Sierra, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialist (REI) at Trio Fertility, where she explained and broke down some common #ConceptionMisconceptions.
Common Conception Misconceptions
- Live a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet: Also, use a prenatal vitamin that has at least one mil of folic acid. This is an essential component for when trying to conceive, and it’s known that 25% of Canadians who are trying to get pregnant are not taking the proper folic acid supplements while trying to get pregnant. As soon as you get pregnant is a little too late. Start 3 months before you get pregnant.
- Getting pregnant is easy: Even in ideal circumstances, and couples of good productive ages between the ages of 21-35, only have a 1 in5 chance to conceive per month. Over 12 months, 85% of couples will succeed at conceiving. When you are young and healthy, you can wait up to 12 months before going in for an assessment. After six months, if you are older it’s a good idea to go in and see your doctor to find out about trying active fertility therapy.
- It’s a female problem: Women sometimes feel it is only a “woman problem” when they are taking a little longer to get pregnant, and sometimes want to go in for appointments without their partner. However, up to 45% of cases of delayed to conceive are actually due to both male and female fertility. Alcohol, red meat, and smoking can also decrease sperm count as well as ovarian reserve for women.
- Secondary Infertility: It’s just as common. This affects 1 in 6 couples. Once you have taken home a baby, your chances should be better for it to happen again, but things can interfere: lifestyle changes, age, weight, male factor and all of the routine things that affect fertility can decrease your chances of infertility, with age being one of the biggest one.
- Women can get pregnant anytime of the month: Women have a fertile period during her cycle, but they can only get pregnant a few days leading up to ovulation, and the two most fertile days of her cycle. The day you get an LH surge on a First Response Ovulation Kit and the day after.
First Response is armed with all the necessary products you need to help you from the time you decide you’d like to start trying for a baby, right up until birth and beyond. You know how many times I’ve used the First Response Early Result pregnancy tests? Something about watching the easy-to-read test line get darker than the control line brings so much comfort. Especially to those of us who have dealt with loss and had a hard time conceiving at one time or another.
What are some Conception Misconceptions you’ve heard, or been told over the years?