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Fertility Struggles? How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway is expecting her second child, but the road to motherhood hasn't been straightforward for her -  and because we're aware that's the case for thousands of people who read our blog, we wanted to shed some light on the issue of infertility.

The star in Devil Wears Prada, The Hustle and Les Misérables opened up about her struggle to conceive, as she admits 'infertility can be deeply isolating'. The fact that even A-listers like Anne find it a challenge to conceive only serves to show that infertility issues can be an issue for anyone and everyone.

In an online piece, the actress said: "I think that we have a very one-size-fits-all approach to getting pregnant. And you get pregnant and for the majority of cases, this is a really happy time. But a lot of people who are trying to get pregnant: That's not really the story. Or that's one part of the story. And the steps that lead up to that part of the story are really painful and very isolating and full of self-doubt. And I went through that."

If you're anything like Anne - according to the NHS, one in seven couples in the UK struggle to conceive - you could be feeling isolated, too. We wanted to let you know you're not alone - and that there's a huge community of women out there who are at varying stages of the 'TCC' ('trying to conceive') journey.

If you're trying to conceive, there are, of course, a few things you can do to increase your chances. These include:

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

You may not realise it, but being overweight or underweight can affect your chances of conceiving. After all, too little or too much body fat can result in irregular periods, or even stop them completely. Both can affect your ability to conceive. For info: your weight is healthy if your body mass index (BMI) is between 20 and 25, so try to stay within the suggested levels.

Avoiding Alcohol and Cigarettes

The Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend that if you're pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol. You can find some more advice on the subject here.

Making Time for Regular Sex

Regular sex is classed as intercourse every two to three days, so as 'routine' as it may seem, try to make time to do the deed every other day if you can.

Getting Help

If you've been trying to conceive for 12 months and you're yet to fall pregnant, the NHS has some advice. 'It's a good idea to see your GP if you haven't conceived after a year of trying.', the NHS site suggests. 'Women aged 36 and over, and anyone who's already aware they may have fertility problems, should see their GP sooner.'

There's a wealth of treatments that can help, from medical interventions to surgical procedures. You could also go down the route of 'assisted conception', either via intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Did you struggle to conceive? Perhaps you have some words of advice from other people in the same situation. If so, do feel free to comment below.


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